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The unintended consequence of an export ban: Evidence from Benin's shrimp sector

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  • Houssa, Romain
  • Verpoorten, Marijke

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The inability of Benin to comply with EU standards led to a ban on its shrimp exports. The ban had a negative impact on the exporting firms, the fishmongers and the artisanal fishermen, even several years after it was lifted. Exports did not revive because local and international institutions failed to resolve the sector’s increased perceived riskiness and its inadequate financial and technical resources. For the fishermen, the impact of the ban persisted because they were locked in the fishery sector, and the local shrimp demand could not fully compensate for the loss of the EU market.

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  • Houssa, Romain & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2013. "The unintended consequence of an export ban: Evidence from Benin's shrimp sector," IOB Working Papers 2013.11, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
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    1. Houssa, Romain & Swinnen, Johan & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2014. "Reviving Benin's shrimp export sector: the need for an integrated approach," IOB Analyses & Policy Briefs 7, Universiteit Antwerpen, Institute of Development Policy (IOB).
    2. Houssa, Romain & Verpoorten, Marijke, 2015. "The Unintended Consequence of an Export Ban: Evidence from Benin’s Shrimp Sector," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 67(C), pages 138-150.

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    EU food safety standards; Aid for Trade; export ban; shrimp; Benin;

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