Since its implementation in 1994, NAFTA's impacts on trade have been extensively and positively evaluated at an aggregate level, but not so much at a regional or sectorial level. Through time series analysis, this paper studies NAFTA's impact on Mexican exports of coffee beans to the U.S. The study shows a NAFTA's positive, although short-lasting effect (for two-three years) on the studied variable, mainly because the international market of coffee beans used to function on a quota system, thus preventing Mexico from capitalizing (and furthering) on the comparative advantage derived from its location, close to the U.S. market.
NAFTA, Mexico, Exports, Agriculture
Carrillo-Huerta, Mario M. and Bonilla, Israel Minor
"The Effect of NAFTA on Mexican Agricultural Exports to the United States: The Case of Coffee Beans, 1970-2003,"
Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures:
2, pp. 76-93.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/jef/vol10/iss2/5