Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/81348
Authors: 
Bourdet, Yves
Persson, Maria
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 881
Abstract: 
The current political turmoil in the Arab world has contributed to renewed interest in the Barcelona Process. This paper explores whether deeper integration in the form of trade facilitation – i.e. improved and simplified trade procedures – could be an important part of a reform agenda. Adopting a Southern perspective by focusing on exports from non-EU Mediterranean countries to the EU, we test whether the efficiency of trade procedures affects (i) bilateral volumes of exports, and (ii) the number of products exported. Our findings suggest that trade facilitation could lead to substantially increased export volumes and export diversification.
Subjects: 
Barcelona Process
Mediterranean Union
European Union
Deeper Integration
Trade Facilitation
Export volumes
Export Diversification
JEL: 
F15
O19
O24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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