Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183551
Authors: 
Hoekstra, Ruth
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IEE Working Papers 197
Abstract: 
Facilitating trade is essential for Africa's economic development and further integration into the world economy, as business in Africa still suffers from behind-the-border barriers to trade. Using firm level data from the World Bank's Enterprise surveys covering more than 6,500 manufacturing firms, this paper empirically investigates the determinants of African firms' export decisions with a special focus on trade facilitation measures like the energy or telecommunications infrastructure. Overall, trade facilitation can increase African firms' probability to participate in international trade. Furthermore, lower trade barriers are associated with a higher propensity to export, i.e. stimulate the growth of exports.
Subjects: 
Trade facilitation
Trade barriers
Africa
Firm-level data
Export probability
JEL: 
F13
F15
O24
ISBN: 
978-3-927276-83-3
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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