Not so Different From Non-Traders: Trade Premia in the Middle East and North Africa

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David Francis

World Bank, Development Economics

Helena Schweiger

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) - Office of the Chief Economist

Date Written: January 17, 2017

Abstract

This paper uses data from more than 100 developing economies to provide information on firms engaging in international trade in either manufacturing or services, focusing on the Middle East and North Africa. We show, among other things, that firms in this region are more likely to export, import, or both, than their counterparts elsewhere, but that those firms are also more likely to be relatively small and have lower export values. We also conclude with some policy recommendations.

Keywords: International Trade, Firms, Manufacturing, Services, Developing Countries

JEL Classification: F14, F19, F23

Suggested Citation

Francis, David and Schweiger, Helena, Not so Different From Non-Traders: Trade Premia in the Middle East and North Africa (January 17, 2017). EBRD Working Paper No. 199, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119642 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3119642

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