Dynamic Gains From Trade : Evidence From South Africa

Author/Editor:

Arvind Subramanian ; Gunnar Jonsson

Publication Date:

March 1, 2000

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

This paper examines the empirical relationship between trade and total factor productivity (TFP) in South Africa. It uses (i) a time series approach where trade is defined in terms of aggregate outcomes, i.e., as the share of imports plus exports in GDP, and (ii) a cross sectional approach, where trade is defined in terms of trade policy, i.e., as actual trade protection across different manufacturing sectors. The results indicate that there is a significant positive relationship between trade and TFP growth both over time and across sectors.

Series:

Working Paper No. 00/45

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2000

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451846461/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0452000

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

32

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