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African trade dynamics: is China a different trading partner?


  • Paul De Grauwe
  • Romain Houssa
  • Giulia Piccillo


This paper employs the standard gravity model to identify the quality of governance of China's African trade partners. As a benchmark, we perform the same analysis on other major African trade partners: France, Germany, UK, and USA. Data from 53 African countries in 1996--2009 show that only China is consistently willing to import more from African countries with a lower governance standing. By doing so; China fills a gap left open by the other major world economies, and might even play a key role in the future development of Africa.

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  • Paul De Grauwe & Romain Houssa & Giulia Piccillo, 2012. "African trade dynamics: is China a different trading partner?," Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 10(1), pages 15-45, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jocebs:v:10:y:2012:i:1:p:15-45 DOI: 10.1080/14765284.2012.638460

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