Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/129326
Authors: 
Davies, Ronald B.
Mazhikeyev, Arman
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, UCD Centre for Economic Research 15/28
Abstract: 
Using firm level data from Africa and Asia, we estimate the impact of being in a special economic zone (SEZ) on a firm's probability of exporting, export intensity, and value of exports. At the extensive margin, we find that SEZ firms in open economies are 25% more likely to export than their non-SEZ counterparts, with a large negative effect in closed economies. At the intensive margin, we find that SEZs increase the value of exports, but only in countries with barriers to imports where the estimate increase is 3.6%. Thus, the estimated effect of introducing an SEZ can be meaningful, but is heavily contingent on the local economic environment.
Subjects: 
Exporting
Trade Barriers
Special Economic Zones
JEL: 
F14
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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