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Regional Integration and Growth Spillovers: Is Africa an Economic Space?

Abdoulaye Seck, Founty Alassane Fall, Khadidiatou Aidara
Market integration is often associated with economic growth spillovers, to the extent that strengthened trade linkages would make economic growth in one country an opportunity for growth to its partners. This paper uses a spatial dynamic panel data approach to analyze the extent to which Africa and its...
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The Demand for Imports and Exports in Africa: A Survey

Michael Olabisi, W. Charles Sawyer
To drive economic development, it is important for policy makers to have a good understanding of the linkages between imports, exports, and the rest of the economy. This is particularly true for Africa. The continent depends on exports of commodities to finance imports of manufactured goods for consumption...
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Export market destination and performance: Firm-level evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa☆

Ousmanou Njikam
Pages: 1 - 19
This paper uses a novel manufacturing firm-level survey data in 19 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries to explore the linkages among a number of export-market destinations (e.g., China, India, other Asia, EU, US, MENA, SSA excluding South Africa, and South Africa) and performance. The paper also examines...
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The Effects of Trade Facilitation on Trade Performance in Africa

Daniel Sakyi, Sylvanus Kwaku Afesorgbor
Pages: 1 - 15
Institutional trade barriers constitute substantial constraints for a number of exporters and importers. These barriers are multidimensional and they impede trade flows and trade performance of many developing countries, including African countries. In particular, the International Trade Centre through...
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Infrastructure, trade facilitation, and network connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa☆,☆☆

Ben Shepherd
Pages: 1 - 22
This paper uses new measures of value added in exports in two sectors (textiles and clothing, and agriculture) to examine the linkages between trade facilitation and infrastructure on the one hand, and value chain participation on the other. It applies network analysis methods to derive a summary measure...
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The consequences of Brexit for Africa: The case of the East African Community☆

Andrew Mold
Pages: 1 - 17
How will Brexit impact on Africa? This paper looks at the available empirical evidence and carries out a Computable General Equilibrium simulation, focusing particularly on the prospects for the East African Community (EAC). The paper makes three main points. First, while the direct impacts through investment,...
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The impact of HIV/AIDS on foreign direct investment: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Elizabeth Asiedu, Yi Jin, Isaac K. Kanyama
Pages: 1 - 17
We construct a theoretical model that examines the relationship between HIV/AIDS and foreign direct investment and employ panel data from 41 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) to test the implications of the model. We find that HIV/AIDS has a negative but diminishing effect on FDI. Furthermore, the...
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Does trade reduce poverty? A view from Africa☆

Maëlan Le Goff, Raju Jan Singh
Pages: 5 - 14
Although trade liberalization is being actively promoted as a key component in development strategies, theoretically, the impact of trade openness on poverty reduction is ambiguous. On the one hand, a more liberalized trade regime is argued to change relative factor prices in favor of the more abundant...
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The African Economic Partnership Agreements with the EU: Reflections inspired by the case of the East African Community☆

Jaime de Melo, Julie Regolo
Pages: 15 - 24
This paper appraises the likely effects of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the East African Community (EAC) and the European Union (EU). Customs data are used to estimate the revenue and welfare effects of an EPA with and without an exception list. Revenue and welfare effects are rather...
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Trade Reforms and Integration of Cocoa Farmers into World Markets: Evidence from African and non-African Countries

Komi Tsowou, Samuel K. Gayi
Pages: 16 - 29
The paper analyses cocoa farmers’ integration into global markets taking into account trade reforms in five cocoa producing countries. The analysis investigates price transmission mechanisms from world to domestic cocoa markets in the context of trade liberalizing policy reforms. The empirical analysis...
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The potential for internal trade and regional integration in Africa

Alemayehu Geda, Edris Hussein Seid
Pages: 19 - 50
This study examines the potential for intra-Africa trade and the prospects of advancing regional economic integration through such trade. A variety of empirical models are deployed for the purpose. The analysis and model simulation results reveal the existence of significant potential for intra-Africa...
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Trade dependence, liberalization, and exports diversification in developing countries☆

Patrick N. Osakwe, Amelia U. Santos-Paulino, Berna Dogan
Pages: 19 - 34
This paper explores the relationship between trade, trade liberalization, and exports diversification in developing and Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The non-parametric analyses indicate that developing countries that are more open to trade (based on trade intensity) tend to have more diversified...
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Effect of exchange rate volatility on trade in Sub-Saharan Africa☆

Bernardin Senadza, Desmond Delali Diaba
Pages: 20 - 36
The volatile nature of exchange rates with the advent of floating regimes has received much attention in economic research. The volatility is generally perceived as negatively affecting international trade. While theoretical predictions and empirical outcomes appear mixed, the balance seems to tilt in...
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Trade facilitation and trade participation: Are sub-Saharan African firms different?☆

Abdoulaye Seck
Pages: 23 - 39
Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where firms face the greatest hurdles when it comes to cross-border trading. This paper examines how these firms, relative to their counterparts in the developing world, would respond to changes in the trade environment as a result of trade facilitation reforms. Using...
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The industrialisation challenge for Africa: Towards a commodities based industrialisation path

Mike Morris, Judith Fessehaie
Pages: 25 - 36
Since the turn of the millennium many African economies have been reintegrated into the world economy on a positive note and experienced substantial economic growth. This growth has primarily been concentrated in commodity exports. The central question facing African economies is how to use economic...
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Foreign Direct Investment and Export Competitiveness in Africa: Investigating the Channels

Gladys Gamariel, Seedwell Hove
Pages: 30 - 46
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Africa has surged in recent years. At the same time, international trade has increased, exposing African countries to international competition. This raises the question of whether FDI plays a role in enhancing export competitiveness. This study investigates the impact...
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Trade facilitation and social welfare in Africa☆

Daniel Sakyi, Isaac Bonuedi, Eric Evans Osei Opoku
Pages: 35 - 53
Improving social welfare in the developing world remains a top priority on the global development agenda, as policymakers and international development partners worldwide strive to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Using data on 40 African countries over the period 2010–2015, this paper...
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Attracting international private finance for African infrastructure☆

Paul Collier
Pages: 37 - 44
Africa’s trade is impeded by poor infrastructure. Inadequate transport infrastructure raises costs analogous to trade barriers, while inadequate power discourages investment. Yet Africa’s infrastructure needs greatly exceed its capacity to finance them. There is therefore a need, and an opportunity,...
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Aid for trade and Africa’s trade performance: Evidence from bilateral trade flows with China and OECD countries☆

Adugna Lemi
Pages: 37 - 60
The optimism surrounding aid for trade (AfT) led scholars and practitioners to probe its link with trade performance of aid-recipient countries in Africa. In the absence of formal evaluation guidelines, most previous studies, using aggregate data, have looked into the impacts of AfT on exports and imports...
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Trade and economic growth in developing countries: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa

Pam Zahonogo
Pages: 41 - 56
This study investigates how trade openness affects economic growth in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We use a dynamic growth model with data from 42 SSA countries covering 1980 to 2012. We employ the Pooled Mean Group estimation technique, which is appropriate for drawing...
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On the accuracy of trade and GDP statistics in Africa: Errors of commission and omission

Morten Jerven
Pages: 45 - 52
African trade statistics suffer from errors of commission and omission. A quarter-century ago, Alexander Yeats (1990) compared receipts of importers and exporters and concluded that the data could not be used to determine the magnitude, direction, or composition of trade. The only fact to be safely deduced...
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Trade and Industrialisation in Africa: SMEs, Manufacturing and Cluster Dynamics

Raphael Kaplinsky, Mike Morris
Pages: 47 - 59
Trade in manufacturing through global and regional value chains has played an especially prominent role in global economic growth in recent decades. However, Africa faces severe challenges in growing manufacturing activities in the face of China and Southeast Asia’s competitive dominance of global manufactured...
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Who profits from trade facilitation initiatives? Implications for African countries☆

Bernard Hoekman, Ben Shepherd
Pages: 51 - 70
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....
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Oil prices and African stock markets co-movement: A time and frequency analysis

Grakolet Arnold Zamereith Gourène, Pierre Mendy
Pages: 55 - 67
This paper examines the co-movement between OPEC (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) oil prices and the six largest African stock markets. We used wavelet coherence to analyze the evolution of this relationship both in time and by frequency. Our results show that the co-movement between African...
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Modelling the economic impact of the tripartite free trade area: Its implications for the economic geography of Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa☆

Andrew Mold, Rodgers Mukwaya
Pages: 57 - 84
This study evaluates the economic impact of the proposed COMESA-SADC-EAC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) on 26 African countries. It uses the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP) computable general equilibrium (CGE) model and database to measure the static effects of the establishment of the TFTA on...
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How Do Trade Margins Respond to Exchange Rate? The Case of Egypt✩

Chahir Zaki, Alia Abdallah, May Sami
Pages: 60 - 80
This paper examines the effect of the exchange rate devaluation on the quantity and value of exports (intensive margin of trade), as well as the ability to export new products and/or venture into new export markets (extensive margin of trade). Using monthly firm-level and sector-level data for the period...
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Foreign direct investment, productivity and the technology gap in African economies

Christopher Malikane, Prosper Chitambara
Pages: 61 - 74
This paper investigates the impact of foreign direct investment on total factor productivity conditional on relative backwardness in a panel of 45 African countries over the period 1980–2012. We use two measures of relative backwardness, namely: the distance from technological frontier and the income...
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How well does observable trade data measure trade friction costs? Evidence from member countries within the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Festus Ebo Turkson
Pages: 69 - 86
This paper is an empirical application of the micro-founded measure of trade costs by Head and Mayer (2004) and Novy (2013). The derived micro-founded measure, consistent with the Ricardian and heterogeneous firm’s models of trade, captures all trade costs components that hitherto have been impossible...
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Differential effects of trade on economic growth and investment: A cross-country empirical investigation☆

Maureen Were
Pages: 71 - 85
The paper empirically examines the differential effects of trade on economic growth and investment based on cross-country data. In general, the results are largely consistent with the positive impact of trade on economic growth as found in the literature. However, the empirical results based on different...
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Understanding crude oil import demand behaviour in Africa: The Ghana case

George Marbuah
Pages: 75 - 87
As in many African countries, crude oil importation is a major drain on the economy of Ghana. We estimate short-run and long-run import demand models for crude oil using data over the period 1980–2012. Results show that demand for crude oil is price inelastic in the short-run but elastic in the long-run....
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The Impact of Regional Integration on Africa’s Manufacturing Exports

Rodgers Mukwaya
Pages: 81 - 87
This paper analyses the impact of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) on intraregional manufactured exports in Africa. Using data from 1990 to 2015 for 45 African countries, a structural gravity model was estimated using the Poisson pseudo maximum likelihood estimator that controlled for heteroscedasticity...
Case Study

Structural change and industrial policy: A case study of Ethiopia’s leather sector

Michael Mbate
Pages: 85 - 100
Recent empirical evidence underscores the vital role of industrial development in fostering structural change and promoting a country’s long-run development objectives. Devising sound industrial policy institutions emerges as a key policy option to promote the reallocation of human, physical and financial...
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Sovereign bond issues: Do African countries pay more to borrow?☆

Michael Olabisi, Howard Stein
Pages: 87 - 109
There is a new wave of external borrowing by African governments on private sovereign bond markets. The findings in this paper indicate that African economies pay higher-than-normal coupon rates on these markets; observed risk measures like agency ratings and debt to GDP ratios do not explain the deviation...