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Air Cargo Services and the Export Flows of Developing Countries

Henry Vega ()

A chapter in The Economics of International Airline Transport, 2014, vol. 4, pp 199-234 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract The use of air cargo by low-income countries and the effects of freight charges on their export flows are described. This is accomplished by illustrating the difference between export flows from developing countries of perishable products and high-tech goods. Descriptive statistics are used to highlight the importance of trade that travels by air from these countries to the United States and the European Union. Subsequently, costs of air freight are estimated. A gravity model of trade measures the effect of these costs on export flows. Major institutional and regulatory constraints that may be halting additional trade that relies on air transportation, and the implications for economic growth, are identified.

Keywords: International trade; air cargo; transportation costs; perishable goods; gravity model; developing countries; F140; Q170; O180 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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