"This volume is one response to the challenge posed by the paucity of recent empirical evidence on the poverty and distributional impacts of trade policy reform in Ghana. The main objective of this volume is to contribute to our understanding of the poverty and distributional impact of trade policy reform in Ghana by analyzing how trade liberalisation affects the well-being of households and in particular, if the outcome it generates is pro-poor, with particular interest in the gender-differentiated impact. The volume attempts to answer the following questions:Who gains and who loses as the Ghanaian economy is opened to trade? In particular, what happens to poor households as Ghana becomes increasingly integrated into the global economy? Is there a close relationship between trade liberalisation and economic performance and have poor households benefited from trade related economic growth? Has the structure of protection and trade policy reforms in the last decade and a half been pro-poor? Has trade liberalisation in Ghana reduced or increased the barriers to women’s participation in the labour force and have the trade net effects on poverty been positive?"