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Food standards and exports : evidence from China

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  • Mangelsdorf, Axel
  • Portugal-Perez, Alberto
  • Wilson, John S.

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Using a new database on Chinese food standards, this paper estimates the impact of volunta-ry and mandatory standards on its agricultural and food exports. The dataset covers seven Chinese products from 1992 to 2008. The findings here indicate that standards have a posi-tive effect on China's export performance. Standards signal to customers that products meet certain quality measures and promote information exchange. The benefits of increased ex-ports outweigh compliance costs. Our results also show that theses positive effects are larger when the standards are consistent with international norms.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 5976.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2012
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5976

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Keywords: Food&Beverage Industry; Information Security&Privacy; Labor Policies; Scientific Research&Science Parks; Science Education;

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  1. Schuster, Monica & Maertens, Miet, 2013. "Food Standards, Heterogeneous Firms and Developing Countries’ Export Performance," Working Papers 152084, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Centre for Agricultural and Food Economics.

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