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Logistics and Exports

  • Alberto Behar
  • Phil Manners

Drawing on a new and comprehensive measure of logistics quality, our gravity model suggests logistics in the exporting and partner-country can have an important impact on bilateral exports.� A one standard deviation improvement in the exporter's logistics quality, which for example would improve Gabon to the level of Guinea, would raise exports by almost 60%. Landlocked countries' exports depend on their neighbours' logistics, but their own logistics quality is not as important as for other countries.� We also find that logistics act to reduce the trade effects of distance, but without eliminating them.

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Paper provided by University of Oxford, Department of Economics in its series Economics Series Working Papers with number WPS/2008-13.

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  1. Alberto Behar & Phil Manners, 2010. "Distance to Growing Markets and Sub-Saharan African Exports," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 22(2), pages 316-330.
  2. Peter Egger, 2005. "Alternative Techniques for Estimation of Cross-Section Gravity Models," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 13(5), pages 881-891, November.
  3. Brun, Jean-François & Carrère, Céline & de Melo, Jaime & Guillaumont, Patrick, 2002. "Has Distance Died? Evidence from a Panel Gravity Model," CEPR Discussion Papers 3500, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  4. Calderon, Cesar & Serven, Luis, 2008. "Infrastructure and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4712, The World Bank.
  5. Buys, Piet & Deichmann, Uwe & Wheeler, David, 2006. "Road network upgrading and overland trade expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4097, The World Bank.
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