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Independence and trade: new evidence from French colonial trade data

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  • Lavallée, Emmanuelle
  • Lochard, Julie

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The consequences on international trade of country breaks-up have received an increasing attention. This paper investigates the effect of independence on bilateral trade of former French colonies with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Thanks to an original dataset including data on pre-independence bilateral trade we obtain more accurate results. We also show that former French colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa exhibit distinctive post-colonial trade patterns as compared to other former French colonies.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/10246.

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Keywords: Trade; Decolonization; French Empire;

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