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Working Paper
Impact of a Single Customs Territory in the East African Community on Tanzania’s exports

The implementation of a Single Customs Territory by East African Community countries is intended to ease the movement of goods across borders by cutting costs and time through harmonization and simplification of customs documents, removal of burdenso...

Single Customs Territory Trade costs East African Community
Working Paper
Investigating the fiscal resource curse: What’s China got to do with it?

The term fiscal resource curse refers to countries’ inability to raise taxes from a broad base in the presence of natural resources...

China infrastructure Natural resources
Working Paper
Are routine jobs moving south?: Evidence from changes in the occupational structure of employment in the USA and Mexico

The decline of employment in middle-wage, routine task intensive jobs has been well documented for the USA. Increased offshoring towards lower-income countries such as Mexico has been proposed as a potential driver of this decline...

Employment employment structure routine employment
Working Paper
Is export-led growth a mirage?: The case of Kenya

The role of exports in promoting economic growth has been widely acknowledged. This paper analyses the link between exporting and growth performance in Kenya using time series data...

Trade export-led growth Import
Working Paper
Evaluating foreign direct investment in Mozambique’s natural gas industry: An economy-wide perspective

The recent discovery of large fields of natural gas in Mozambique has led to great international interest and expectations of future gains...

Social Accounting Matrix Trade Computable general equilibrium
Working Paper
Agricultural development, trade, and income distribution: A 2015 social accounting matrix multiplier decomposition approach for Mozambique

This paper considers the impact of agriculture and international trade development on income distribution and economic activity in Mozambique...

Agriculture Income distribution multiplier effects
Working Paper
Exploring the potential for growth and trade in fruit and oilseed-to-edible oils value chains following political shifts in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe’s persistent economic challenges since the early 1990s have been largely attributed to unpopular political decisions at the expense of building productive capacity in different sectors of the economy...

Agriculture Edible oils Oilseeds
Book Chapter
Southeast Asia

From the book: Asian Transformations

Agricultural productivity Investments Foreign
Book Chapter
Agro-processing and horticultural exports from Africa

From the book: Industries without Smokestacks

Africa Agro-processing Trade
Working Paper
Six development paths in Southeast Asia: Three plus three

Six Southeast Asian countries (Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Thailand) defied Gunnar Myrdal’s pessimistic prognosis in his 1968 volume, Asian Drama, regarding their prospects for devel...

Agricultural productivity Investments, Foreign Industrial policy
Working Paper
Diaspora externalities: A view from the South

Migration decisions affect those left-behind in ways that are partly taken into account by market forces (e.g., wage effects on labour markets) and for the most part these can be seen as pure externalities...

Diaspora networks International migration Development
Working Paper
New data, new approaches and new evidence: A policy synthesis

The Republic of South Africa faces the imperative of escaping economic stagnation...

South Africa Growth Productivity
Working Paper
The effects of Chinese import penetration on firm innovation: Evidence from the Vietnamese manufacturing sector

This paper evaluates the impact of Chinese import penetration on the innovation of Vietnamese manufacturing firms from 2011 to 2015, exploiting variations in import exposure by industry specialization and instrumenting for Chinese import penetration ...

China Manufacturing Innovation
Working Paper
Agro-processing and horticultural exports from Africa

Sub-Saharan African exports of horticultural and processed agricultural products are growing in line with the major shift towards these products in world markets...

Africa Agro-processing Trade
Research Brief
Food production competitiveness and regional growth in southern Africa: The animal-feed-to-poultry value chain

15-20% of local demand for poultry in South Africa is met by imports Evidence from Zambia suggests that capital investments in the value chain can increase local production Increased demand due to growing urban populations poses critical challenges f...

Value chains Trade Poultry
Research uptake
Learning to Compete (L2C): Accelerating Industrial Development in Africa

Learning to compete (L2C) is collaborative research project between UNU-WIDER, the African Development Bank, and the Brookings Institution. The project aims to answer the question: why is there so little industry in Africa? Industry—including modern...

Trade Competitiveness Industrial policy
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