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Determinants of South Africa’s Exports of Leather Products


  • André C. Jordaan

    () (Investment and Trade Policy Centre, University of Pretoria)

  • Joel Hinaunye Eita

    () (Investment and Trade Policy Centre, University of Pretoria)


This paper analysed the determinants of South African exports of raw hides and skins (other than fur skins) and leather (H41) using annual data covering the period 1997 to 2004 for 32 main trading partners. The results show that importer’s GDP, South Africa’s GDP, importer’s population, South Africa’s population, infrastructure of South Africa and importing country and some regional trade agreements are the main determinants of raw hides and skins (other than fur skins) and leather exports. The paper then investigated if there is unexploited trade potential. The investigation revealed that among others, South Korea, United Kingdom, USA, Zambia and Zimbabwe have unexploited export potential. It is important to focus efforts on the unexploited trade potential to accelerate growth and alleviate poverty in South Africa.

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  • André C. Jordaan & Joel Hinaunye Eita, 2007. "Determinants of South Africa’s Exports of Leather Products," Working Papers 200721, University of Pretoria, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:pre:wpaper:200721

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    gravity model; fixed effects; export potential;

    JEL classification:

    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F10 - International Economics - - Trade - - - General
    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation
    • F47 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications

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