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Assessing the Impact of Development Cooperation: the Case of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and U.S. Imports from Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Bichaka Fayissa
  • Badassa Tadasse

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We evaluate the impact of the unilateral trade policy concession known as African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on U.S. imports from eligible Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Using U.S.-SSA countries’ trade data that span the years 1991-2006, we find that AGOA has contributed to the initiation of new and the intensification of existing U.S. imports in both manufactured and non-manufactured goods and several product categories. However, compared to its import initiation impact, the import intensification effect of the Act has been marginal. Our results have important policy implication for further intensification of African exports to the U.S. markets.

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Paper provided by Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 200719.

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Date of creation: Dec 2007
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Handle: RePEc:mts:wpaper:200719

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Keywords: AGOA; Trade Agreements; Trade Initiation; Trade Intensification;

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