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Empirical Studies of Trade

The J–Curve Phenomenon: Evidence from Commodity Trade Between South Africa and the United States

Hammed Amusa and David Fadiran
Previous studies on the J–curve phenomenon for South Africa have been carried out using either aggregate trade data between South Africa and the rest of the world or between South Africa and her major trading partners. The evidence of J-curve effects in South Africa's bilateral trade have been...
Apr 2019
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Disentangling the exchange rate risk, sectoral export flows and financial development nexus

Heinrich Nel and Anmar Pretorius
This paper examines the differential responses of various emerging market export sectors to exchange rate risk. This paper finds origin in initial theoretical posits of Ethier (1973) and Clark (1973) which both contend that exchange rate risk has a negative impact on the export flows of...
Feb 2018
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The Growth Dynamics of New Export Entrants in Kenya: a Survival Analysis

Peter W. Chacha and Lawrence Edwards
This paper uses firm-level transaction dataset from Kenya to examine the entry and growth dynamics of new exporters in international markets and the factors associated with survival in foreign markets. The findings show that for the new exporters, once their trade relationship manages to survive...
Sep 2017
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Taxes Rates, Economic Crisis and Tax Evasion: Evidence using Zimbabwe and South Africa Bilateral Trade Flows

Marko Kwaramba and Calvin Mudzingiri
Prompted by the theoretical ambiguity in the relationships between tax rates and tax evasion, this study investigates the relationship between tariff (tax) rates and tax evasion using highly disaggregated trade data for Zimbabwe and South Africa. The study uses cross-sectional data analysis for...
Apr 2016
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Occidental Rationalism: Its Early Impact on the Foundations of Modern Science

Abdulkader Cassim Mahomedy
Rationalist thought has had a deep and lasting impact on modern civilisation. This influence has pervaded almost all facets of the socio-politico-economic and scientific domains of contemporary human experience. Religiously-oriented societies have, however, throughout their encounter with...
Sep 2015
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Buyer-Seller Relationships in International Trade: Do Your Neighbors Matter?

Fariha Kamal and Asha Sundaram
Using confidential U.S. customs data on trade transactions between U.S. importers and Bangladeshi exporters between 2002 and 2009, and information on the geographic location of Bangladeshi exporters, we show that the presence of neighboring exporters that previously transacted with a U.S. importer...
Feb 2015
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A Disaggregated Analysis of Product Price Integration in the Southern African Development Community

Neil Balchin, Lawrence Edwards and Asha Sundaram
Empirical evidence on the extent to which product markets are integrated within Africa remains noticeably limited. This paper uses highly disaggregated retail price data for 32 narrowly defined products collected at the district level in five SADC countries (Botswana, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania...
Feb 2014
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Debt Relief under the HIPC Initiative: Why Some Countries Complete the Programme Faster Than Others

William Akoto
The Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative has been one of the primary avenues for delivering debt relief to developing countries in the past decade. However, the performance of countries in the HIPC programme has been vastly heterogeneous with some countries reaching completion point...
Apr 2013
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