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Independence and trade: new evidence from French colonial trade data

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  • Emmanuelle Lavallée

    (LEDa - Laboratoire d'Economie de Dauphine - IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement - Université Paris-Dauphine - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Julie Lochard

    (ERUDITE - Equipe de Recherche sur l’Utilisation des Données Individuelles en lien avec la Théorie Economique - UPEM - Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée - UPEC UP12 - Université Paris-Est Créteil Val-de-Marne - Paris 12)

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The consequences on international trade of country breaks-up have receivedan increasing attention. This paper investigates the effect of independence on bilateral trade of former French colonies with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.Thanks to an original dataset including data on pre-independence bilateraltrade we obtain more accurate results. We also show that former Frenchcolonies in Sub-Saharan Africa exhibit distinctive post-colonial trade patternsas compared to other former French colonies.

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  • Emmanuelle Lavallée & Julie Lochard, 2012. "Independence and trade: new evidence from French colonial trade data," Post-Print hal-01609979, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01609979
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    1. José de Sousa & Julie Lochard, 2008. "Trade and colonial status," Post-Print halshs-00323598, HAL.
    2. Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson & James A. Robinson, 2001. "The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(5), pages 1369-1401, December.
    3. José de Sousa & Olivier Lamotte, 2007. "Does political disintegration lead to trade disintegration?," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 15, pages 825-843, October.
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    Trade; French Empire; Decolonization;

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