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Impact du commerce extérieur sur la productivité au sein des secteurs en Tunisie: cas de l’industrie manufacturière

Impact of foreign trade on productivity within sectors in Tunisia: the case of manufacturing industry

Hatem Derbel, Rami Abdelkafi and Ali Chkir

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper provides an empirical evidence of the impact of foreign trade on the sectorial productivity for the Tunisian manufacturer sector. The objective is to show that the insufficiency of the traditional theory in the explanation of the impact of the international trade on the labour market can be explained by the presence of an intrasectorel component that results from the reaction of firms facing the competition. Using recent unit root procedures applied to panel data regressions (Im, Pesaran & Shin’s (1997) and coïntegration tests (Pedroni’s (1999)), the results exhibit a positive impact of value added and trade on the productivity of the manufacturer sector. The survey by sector shows that the value added acts positively on all sectors whereas for trade a positive and statistically significant effect exist only for the ICH and IMD sectors.

Keywords: Commerce extérieur; marché du travail; productivité sectorielle (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 F10 F12 F14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2007-03, Revised 2007-10
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