Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/230360
Authors: 
Go, Eugenia
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
ADB Economics Working Paper Series No. 611
Abstract: 
We create two novel datasets - the starting dates of Roll-On Roll-Off Terminal System (RRTS) service by route, and interprovincial land trade - to evaluate the effects of the RRTS on agricultural trade costs within the Philippines as measured by border effects. We find province border effects to be substantial in the Philippines, with a typical province trading 28-53 times more with itself than with other provinces. The RRTS reduced this by a factor of 0.65. This is confirmed by increased trade flows, with RRTS province pairs trading 36%-42% more on average compared to similar unconnected province pairs. However, the border effect reduction is unevenly distributed and tends to be limited to provinces near the biggest demand center.
Subjects: 
border effects
domestic trade
trade costs
JEL: 
F14
O18
Q10
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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