Monday, October 31, 2011


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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau


Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)



Korea: Breaking the Mold of the Asia-Latin America Relationship [October 2011]

[full-text, 38 pages]


Over the past two decades, bilateral trade between LAC and Korea has expanded rapidly, growing at an annual average rate of 16.1%. This is a faster rate of growth in trade than LAC experienced with East Asia (15.1%),1 the U.S. (9.8%), the European Union (E.U.) (7.4%) and Japan (7.7%). Only trade with China grew at a more rapid pace (27.5%). Despite this remarkable dynamism, Korea’s share of LAC’s trade is still fairly small. Since 1990, its share has risen from a little over 1% to 2.5%, whereas China’s share reached the 13% mark in the same period. LAC’s share of Korea’s trade, though, is higher (5.1% in 2010) and not very different from the region’s share of China’s trade.




Acknowledgments/  v

Introduction/  1

Bilateral Trade: Small But Booming/  3

With Some Hope of a More Balanced and Diversified Relationship/  5

But Important Barriers Still Remain in Relation to 

Tariffs and Non-tariff Measures…/  11

…and Transport Costs/  15

Some Important But Still Limited Initiatives to 

Address These Obstacles/  17

Investments are Following Trade, but Only on the Korean Side/  19

Cooperation is on the Rise/  25

Summing Up: Taking Opportunities to Break the Mold/  2


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