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Does European Aflatoxin Regulation Hurt Groundnut Exporters from Africa?

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  • Xiong, Bo
  • Beghin, John C.

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We provide an ex-post econometric examination of the harmonization and tightening of the EU Maximum Residues Limit (MRL) on aflatoxins in 2002, and its impact on African exports of groundnut products. We show that the MRL set by the EU has no significant trade impact on groundnut exports from Africa across various methods of estimation. African domestic supply plays an important role in the determination of the volumes of trade and the propensity to trade. Our findings suggest that the trade potential of African groundnut exporters is more constrained by domestic supply issues rather than by limited market access.

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Paper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 34936.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2011
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Publication status: Published in European Review of Agricultural Economics 2012, vol. 39 no. 4, pp. 589-609
Handle: RePEc:isu:genres:34936

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Keywords: food safety; standards; aflatoxin; MRL; groundnut; Africa; EU; market access;

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