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Does freer trade really lead to productivity growth?: Evidence from Africa

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  • Bresnahan, Lauren
  • Coxhead, Ian
  • Foltz, Jeremey
  • Mogues, Tewodaj

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We use firm-level data from the World Bank’s Regional Program on Enterprise Development, covering Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, and Tanzania for 1991–2003. Econometric results confirm well-known relationships, such as a positive association between export intensity and TFP, which implies that more productive firms are more likely to select in to exporting.

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Paper provided by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in its series IFPRI discussion papers with number 1262.

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Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:fpr:ifprid:1262

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Keywords: trade; firm productivity; Manufacturing industries; exports; trade liberalization;

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