Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227127
Authors: 
Beverelli, Cosimo
Ticku, Rohit
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
WTO Staff Working Paper No. ERSD-2020-13
Abstract: 
We collect a novel dataset that covers about 130 countries and the six four-digit live animal categories in the Harmonized System (HS) over a sixteen-year period, to study the link between illicit trade in live animals and threat to animal health from infectious diseases. Our results imply that a one percent increase in illicit imports in an HS four-digit live animal category is associated with a 0.3 to 0.4 percent rise in infections amongst related species in the importing country. We explore the mechanisms and find that mis-classifying or under-pricing an imported species are the channels through which illicit trade impacts animal health.
Subjects: 
illicit trade
missing imports
disease
live animals
JEL: 
F14
F18
I18
K42
Q57
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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