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The Impact of Aid for Trade Facilitation on the Costs of Trading


Matthias Busse


Ruhr-University Bochum; HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics

Ruth Hoekstra


Ruhr Universität Bochum - Faculty of Economics

Jens Koeniger


Ruhr Universität Bochum - Faculty of Economics

September 2010


Abstract:     
There have been ongoing discussions within the WTO Doha Round on Trade Facilitation and the wider Aid for Trade agenda to assist developing countries in reducing behind-the-border restrictions and to help them benefit from trade reform. Our paper contributes to this debate by analyzing the impact of foreign aid spent on Aid for Trade and Trade Facilitation on the costs of trading. In our empirical investigation, we conduct a panel data estimation for a sample of 99 developing countries for the period 2004-2009. Overall, we find that our aid measures have a negative effect on the costs of trading.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 23

Keywords: Trade Facilitation, Aid for Trade, Trade Costs

JEL Classification: F13, F35, O19

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Date posted: July 7, 2010 ; Last revised: September 15, 2010

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Busse, Matthias and Hoekstra, Ruth and Koeniger, Jens, The Impact of Aid for Trade Facilitation on the Costs of Trading (September 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1635884 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1635884

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Matthias Busse (Contact Author)
Ruhr-University Bochum ( email )
Faculty of Management and Economics, GC 3/145
D-44780 Bochum, DE 44780
Germany
HWWI - Hamburg Institute of International Economics
Heimhuder Str. 71
Hamburg, 20148
Germany
Ruth Hoekstra
University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics ( email )
Ruhr University of Bochum
Faculty of Economics
D-44780 Bochum, DE 44780
Germany
Jens Koeniger
University of Bochum - Faculty of Economics ( email )
Ruhr University of Bochum
Faculty of Economics
D-44780 Bochum, DE 44780
Germany
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