Food Standards and Exports: Evidence from China

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Axel Mangelsdorf

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Alberto Portugal-Perez

World Bank

John S. Wilson

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: February 1, 2012

Abstract

Using a new database on Chinese food standards, this paper estimates the impact of volunta-ry and mandatory standards on its agricultural and food exports. The dataset covers seven Chinese products from 1992 to 2008. The findings here indicate that standards have a posi-tive effect on China's export performance. Standards signal to customers that products meet certain quality measures and promote information exchange. The benefits of increased ex-ports outweigh compliance costs. Our results also show that theses positive effects are larger when the standards are consistent with international norms.

Keywords: Food & Beverage Industry, Information Security & Privacy, Labor Policies, Scientific Research & Science Parks, Science Education

Suggested Citation

Mangelsdorf, Axel and Portugal-Perez, Alberto and Wilson, John S., Food Standards and Exports: Evidence from China (February 1, 2012). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5976, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2009773

Axel Mangelsdorf (Contact Author)

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Alberto Portugal-Perez

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John S. Wilson

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG) ( email )

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