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dc.contributor.authorMarfaing, Laurenceen_US
dc.contributor.authorThiel, Alenaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-11en_US
dc.date.accessioned2011-11-29T14:02:59Z-
dc.date.available2011-11-29T14:02:59Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/52403-
dc.description.abstractSince the beginning of the twenty-first century, independent entrepreneurial migrants from China have been increasingly flocking to Africa in search of greener pastures. This paper scrutinizes the empirical foundations of the increasingly hostile discourses of African traders regarding the alleged encroachment of the West African urban market space by Chinese petty entrepreneurs. Based on indepth ethnographic fieldwork and interviews, we aim to demystify this common allegation by exploring the diversity of influx channels through which Chinese commodities, said to create unfair and existential competition, come to the African continent. Our analysis of trade trajectories shows that Chinese products were coming to Africa long before the arrival of independent Chinese migrants at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Statistical evidence further supports our stance that Chinese entrepreneurs still represent a minority group in the import of cheap China goods into Ghana and Senegal.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherGIGA Hamburgen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGIGA working papers 180en_US
dc.subject.jelD43en_US
dc.subject.jelD85en_US
dc.subject.jelF14en_US
dc.subject.jelF22en_US
dc.subject.jelL14en_US
dc.subject.jelO24en_US
dc.subject.jelP45en_US
dc.subject.jelZ1en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordinternational tradeen_US
dc.subject.keywordconsumer goodsen_US
dc.subject.keywordimperfect competitionen_US
dc.subject.keywordmigrationen_US
dc.subject.keywordsocial networksen_US
dc.subject.keywordChinaen_US
dc.subject.keywordAfricaen_US
dc.subject.stwKonsumguten_US
dc.subject.stwAu├čenhandelen_US
dc.subject.stwChinaen_US
dc.subject.stwImporten_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmeren_US
dc.subject.stwChinesenen_US
dc.subject.stwGhanaen_US
dc.subject.stwSenegalen_US
dc.titleChinese commodity imports in Ghana and Senegal: Demystifying Chinese business strength in urban West Africaen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn671984896en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungenen_US
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