Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/194333
Authors: 
Hoekman, Bernard
Shepherd, Ben
Year of Publication: 
2015
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of African Trade [ISSN:] 2214-8515 [Volume:] 2 [Year:] 2015 [Issue:] 1/2 [Pages:] 51-70
Abstract: 
Extensive research has demonstrated the existence of large potential welfare gains from measures to facilitate trade - reduce trade costs - for African countries in particular. However, concerns have been expressed by policymakers regarding the distribution of the benefits and costs of trade facilitation. We use firm-level data for a large number of developing countries, in Africa and the rest of the world, to assess the claims that it will be mostly large firms that benefit from trade facilitation and that trade facilitation may result in a deterioration of the trade balance. We find no evidence for either argument. Our results suggest that trade facilitation can be beneficial in a range of countries, including those that are primarily involved in value chains as suppliers.
Subjects: 
Trade facilitation
Trade costs
WTO
International value chains
Firm-level data
JEL: 
F13
F14
O24
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article
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