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Export performance of developing countries under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act: Experience from US trade with Sub-Saharan Africa

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  • Belay Seyoum

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Purpose - The purpose of this study is to assess the implications of US trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and its impact on beneficiary country exports. Design/methodology/approach - The approach is to use Wilcoxon signed rank test and time series regression analysis using ARIMA. Findings - The results largely indicate that AGOA has a positive but not significant effect on beneficiary exports to the USA for all country groups. Its effect is also quite marginal on sectoral exports except for textiles and apparel. Similarly, AGOA's effect is positive but not significant for all major exporters except Lesotho. Originality/value - A proper understanding of this relationship will help donors and recipients devise appropriate policies to help encourage the growth and diversification of exports that is so vital for developing countries.

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  • Belay Seyoum, 2007. "Export performance of developing countries under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act: Experience from US trade with Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Economic Studies, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 34(6), pages 515-533, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:34:y:2007:i:6:p:515-533
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    Cited by:

    1. Lawrence Edwards & Robert Z. Lawrence, 2014. "AGOA Rules: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Special Fabric Provisions," NBER Chapters,in: African Successes, Volume III: Modernization and Development, pages 343-393 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Zenebe, Addisalem & Peterson, Wesley & Wamisho, Kassu, 2014. "The Impact of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): An Empirical Analysis of Sub-Saharan African Agricultural Exports," 2014 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2014, Minneapolis, Minnesota 170590, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
    3. repec:eee:wdevel:v:102:y:2018:i:c:p:243-261 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Cooke, Edgar F. A., 2012. "Is the impact of AGOA heterogeneous?," MPRA Paper 43277, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Adagblenya, Barbara Dzidzornu, 2017. "Assessing Ghana’s trade under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)," MPRA Paper 84255, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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