How Important Are Non-Tariff Barriers to Agricultural Trade within ECOWAS?
AbstractIt is widely believed that the countries of Africa trade relatively little with the outside world, and among themselves, despite an extensive network of regional trade agreements. We examine this proposition by focusing on agricultural trade. Specifically, we ask whether non-tariff barriers (NTBs) are stunting agricultural trade within ECOWAS, a grouping of 15 countries in West Africa that has removed tariffs on agricultural trade among its members. Our survey of truckers in Tambacounda (Senegal) in August 2009 found evidence of extensive bribery by police and border officials, effectively representing a barrier to trading.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Suffolk University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2010-3.
Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 06 Mar 2010
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Non-tariff barriers; ECOWAS; gravity model; regional trade agreements; Africa;
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- F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
- Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
- O55 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
- O24 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - Trade Policy; Factor Movement; Foreign Exchange Policy
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2010-03-20 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2010-03-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-INT-2010-03-20 (International Trade)
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