International Trade

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 Paper
17 Jul 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.

Policy Paper
17 Jul 2019

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

This working paper, by Alfaro-Urena, 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
24 Apr 2019

8 Geese Flying to Ghana? A Case Study of the Impact of Chinese Investments on Africa's Manufacturing Sector

China has significantly changed its engagement mode with Africa, shifting from trade of natural resources to investment in industrial sectors.

Journal Article
18 Mar 2019

On the Origins and Development of Pakistan's Soccer-Ball Cluster

Sialkot, Pakistan, is the world center of hand-stitched soccer-ball manufacturing. The existence of the cluster is puzzling and seems to argue against the "home market effect", since there is little local demand for soccer balls.

Working Paper
21 Sep 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
9 Oct 2017

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

The Impacts of Exchange Rate Movements on Prices and Trade across Sectors: Evidence from Ethiopian Firms

Movements of the Ethiopian Birr against the USD, the major currency of trade invoicing, matter more for prices and trade volumes than do movements of the Birr against trading partners’ currencies.

Research Note
14 Feb 2017

The Value of Face-to-Face: Search and Contracting Problems in Nigerian Trade

Distance between buyers and sellers can create search and contracting problems: how to find out what goods are available in far away places, and ensure they are actually delivered?

Working Paper
13 Dec 2016

Chinese Investment in Ghana's Manufacturing Sector

This paper by Xiaoyang (2016) uses Ghana as a case study to illustrate the extent to which Chinese manufacturing firms are driving manufacturing in an African country.

Working Paper
2 Dec 2016

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