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Independence and trade: the specic effects of French colonialism

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  • Lavallée, Emmanuelle
  • Lochard, Julie

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The consequences on international trade of colonial rule have received an increasing attention. This paper investigates the effect of independence on trade with a focus on former French colonies. Thanks to an original dataset including data on pre-independence bilateral trade for former French colonies, we obtain more accurate results on the effect of independence on bilateral trade patterns. We show that that independence reduces trade (imports and exports) with the former metropole and that this effect is mainly driven by former French colonies. We also show that, after independence, trade (imports and exports) of all former colonies increase with the rest of the world (other countries not belonging to the same empire).

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Keywords: Trade; Decolonization; French Empire;

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