International Trade

Shocks to Supply Chains and Market Dynamics in a Crisis

This project examines the impact of supply chain disruptions and demand shocks on formal firms and production networks in Kenya.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

Economic Effects of COVID-19 on Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association Members

This project will examine the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Bangladeshi garment manufacturers and exporters.

Research Project
30 Jun 2020

The Importance of Protecting Export-Oriented Firms

The COVID-19 crisis has hit everywhere at once. Lower-income countries should not expect large inflows of aid; they will be left largely to their own resources. Those resources are limited, so lower-income countries need to find leverage wherever they can.

Policy Insight
22 Jun 2020

Eight Things Development Professionals Should Know about Foreign Direct Investment

Although global flows of foreign direct investment (FDI) have not recovered since the 2008 financial crisis, flows to developing countries have continued to register a very modest growth. But what is the impact of these FDI inflows on the recipient developing economies?

Synthesis Paper
5 Dec 2019

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

There is a widespread belief that China plays a fundamental role in African economies, but few rigorous empirical studies to back up this view.

Synthesis Paper
17 Jul 2019

The Effects of Joining Multinational Supply Chains: New Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Linkages

This working paper, by Alfaro-Ureña, Manelici and Vasquez (2019), investigates the effects of becoming a supplier to multinational corporations (MNCs) using administrative data tracking all firm-to-firm transactions in Costa Rica.

Working Paper
1 Apr 2019

Chinese Investment in Africa: How Much Do We Know?

Many reports have described Chinese engagement in Africa as “neo-imperialism” and “authoritarian capitalism”, exploiting resources and local labour while undermining democracy.

Policy Insight
1 Dec 2018

Trade Liberalisation and Buyer-Seller Relation: Evidence from Pakistan's Transaction Level Data

This project provides new evidence on the effects of trade liberalization on buyer-seller relations at both the extensive and intensive margin using a novel dataset on Pakistani firms.

Research Project
1 Aug 2018

Latent Advantage, Complex Challenges: Industrial Policy and Chinese Linkages in Ethiopia's Leather Sector

Industrial policy is back on the African policy agenda, with a number of countries following new strategies for rapid industrialization. None have done so more eagerly than Ethiopia.

Journal Article
1 Apr 2018

Product and Destination Shifting by Firms in International Trade: Evidence from Kenya’s Manufacturing Exporters

By exploring the patterns and trends of Kenya’s exports overtime, this project shows the important role of multi-product and multi-destination exporters in the expansion of exports for low income countries.

Research Note
8 Aug 2017

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