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The unintended consequence of an export ban: Evidence from Benin's shrimp sector

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  • Houssa, Romain
  • Verpoorten, Marijke

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The inability of Benin to comply with EU standards led to a ban on its shrimp exports. The ban had a negative impact on the exporting firms, the fishmongers and the artisanal fishermen, even several years after it was lifted. Exports did not revive because local and international institutions failed to resolve the sector’s increased perceived riskiness and its inadequate financial and technical resources. For the fishermen, the impact of the ban persisted because they were locked in the fishery sector, and the local shrimp demand could not fully compensate for the loss of the EU market.

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Paper provided by Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy and Management (IOB) in its series IOB Working Papers with number 2013.11.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2013
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Handle: RePEc:iob:wpaper:2013011

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Keywords: EU food safety standards; Aid for Trade; export ban; shrimp; Benin;

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  1. Koen Deconinck & Marijke Verpoorten, 2013. "Narrow and scientific replication of ‘The slave trade and the origins of mistrust in Africa'," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 28(1), pages 166-169, 01.
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