EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Does Trade Facilitation Matter in Bilateral Trade?

Chahir Zaki ()

No 472, Working Papers from Economic Research Forum

Abstract: This paper estimates an augmented gravity model incorporating different aspects of trade facilitation in developed and developing countries. Trade facilitation is defined as measures that aim at making international trade easier by eliminating administrative delays, simplifying commercial procedures, increasing transparency, security and the place of new technologies in trade. This paper provides new theoretical and empirical enhancements. On the one hand, the model is based on theoretical foundations related to monopolistic competition and border effects. The originality of this paper is that trade facilitation facets are included in the model. On the other hand, the empirical achievement of the paper is that it uses different databases allowing us to take into account many features of trade facilitation. I use several databases coming from different sources: Doing Business (World Bank) and Institutional Profiles (CEPII). My main findings show that transaction time for imports and the number of documents for exports have a negative impact on trade. Our sample is split into sub-samples in order to take into account the impact of development level. It turns out that trade facilitation aspects have not the same impact on developed and developing countries. Finally, we conclude that some perishable (food and beverages), seasonal (wearing apparels) and high-value added products are more sensitive to import time than other products. Hard industries are rather sensitive to export documents.

Date: 2009-03, Revised 2009-03
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (10) Track citations by RSS feed

Published by The Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Downloads: (external link)
http://erf.org.eg/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/472.pdf (application/pdf)
http://bit.ly/2n7WkAm (text/html)

Related works:
Working Paper: Does Trade Facilitation Matter in Bilateral Trade ? (2008) Downloads
Working Paper: Does trade facilitation matter in bilateral trade? (2008) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:erg:wpaper:472

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Working Papers from Economic Research Forum Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sherine Ghoneim ().

 
Page updated 2019-10-08
Handle: RePEc:erg:wpaper:472