Geography and Export Performance: External Market Access and Internal Supply Capacity

41 Pages Posted: 25 Apr 2003

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Stephen J. Redding

Princeton University

Anthony J. Venables

University of Oxford; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: April 2003

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of countries' export performance looking in particular at the role of international product market linkages. We begin with a novel decomposition of the growth in countries' exports into the contribution from increases in external demand and from improved internal supply-side conditions. Building on the results of this decomposition we move on to an econometric analysis of the determinants of export performance. Results include the finding that poor external geography, poor internal geography, and poor institutional quality contribute in approximately equal measure to explaining Sub-Saharan Africa's poor export performance.

Suggested Citation

Redding, Stephen J. and Venables, Anthony J., Geography and Export Performance: External Market Access and Internal Supply Capacity (April 2003). NBER Working Paper No. w9637. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=398541

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Anthony J. Venables

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
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