Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/105582
Authors: 
Kassim, Lanre
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
School of Economics Discussion Papers 1310
Abstract: 
This paper adopts panel data methodologies to investigate the impact of trade liberalisation on export growth and import growth across 28 Sub-Saharan African countries from 1981 to 2010. We find that trade liberalisation increases the growth of exports, however, imports grow faster by approximately two percentage points which gives a prima facie evidence that the trade balance in the region deteriorated in the post-liberalisation era. We also find that trade liberalisation significantly raises the price elasticity of demand for exports and imports, however, it does not significantly affect income elasticity of demand.
Subjects: 
Trade liberalisation
Export growth
Import growth
Price and Income elasticities of demand
Sub-Saharan Africa
JEL: 
C23
F13
F14
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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