Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146487
Authors: 
Carballo, Jerónimo
Graziano, Alejandro
Schaur, Georg
Volpe Martincus, Christian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IDB Working Paper Series IDB-WP-706
Abstract: 
Firms selling products abroad usually have to interact with several border agencies that develop multiple trade regulations and oversee their compliance. These regulations establish the procedures that these firms have to follow and the documents that they have to obtain, fill in, and submit for their exports to be authorized. In this paper, we estimate the effects of introducing information technologies as a new means to complete such traderelated procedures. In particular, we use highly disaggregated firm-level export data from Costa Rica over the period 2007-2013 and exploit the gradual phase-in of an electronic trade single window scheme across groups of products and ports. Results suggest that this new system has been associated with both an expansion in the number of exporting firms and increased firms' exports along the shipment extensive margin and the buyer extensive and intensive margins.
Subjects: 
Border Agencies
Information Technologies
Exports
Costa Rica
JEL: 
F10
F13
F14
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/igo/legalcode
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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