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Alexander J. Yeats
World Bank
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Comparisons of matched US COMTRADE and World Trade Organization IDB statistics reveal numerous instances where the WTO data on dutiable imports exceed both the corresponding UN general import statistics and the reported exports of partner countries by very large margins over extended periods. In cases, the dutiable import statistics report major trade in products for which the partners do not record any corresponding exports (to anyone). Empirical tests indicate these biases result from special ...
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#1Peter LanjouwH-Index: 37
#2Maarten BoskerH-Index: 14
Last.Alexander J. YeatsH-Index: 14
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This issue of the World Bank economic review includes the following topics of interest: is there a metropolitan bias? the relationship between poverty and city size in a selection of developing countries; impact of SMS-based agricultural information on Indian farmers; crises, food prices, and the income elasticity of micronutrients - estimates from Indonesia; economic geography and economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa; the decision to import capital goods in India: firms' financial factors...
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Last.Jamel ZarroukH-Index: 4
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U.N. Commodity Trade (COMTRADE) statistics have major shortcomings for many analyses relating to tariffs and other trade barriers. The use of a cost-insurance-freight valuation base for these data results in an upward (sometimes severe) bias in the implied dutiable value of imports for countries that utilize free-on-board tariffs. This problem can be greatly exacerbated by the 'general' trade system procedure used to compile the U.N. statistics, as opposed to the 'special' trade practice used fo...
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#1Francis NgH-Index: 16
#2Alexander J. YeatsH-Index: 14
This report examines reasons why Kenya and other African trade did not provide the engine of growth that it did elsewhere. During the last quarter century many Sub-Saharan African countries non-oil exports either declined in absolute terms, or expanded at a slower pace than world trade. Evidence suggests African countries, including Kenya, experienced serious supply constraints that limited their ability to capitalize on opportunities of international production sharing in foreign markets. Inapp...
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World Bank demographic and country characteristic statistics identify 16 small landlocked countries that are similar to Lesotho. The authors attempt to determine what useful policy information can be derived from the recent trade performance of these "comparators." Among questions they pose are whether the trade profiles of the comparators suggest potentially promising export ventures for Lesotho, do they indicate directions for a geographic diversification of trade, or do they suggest products ...
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#1Francis Ng (World Bank)H-Index: 16
#2Alexander J. Yeats (World Bank)H-Index: 14
Although Kenya was once viewed as being among the African countries with the most favorable growth prospects, the last two decades witnessed significant declines in many measures of economic performance and social standards. As a result, Kenya’s share of world trade is now less than one-half its average level in the early-1980s. How can Kenya halt, and then reverse, these negative trends? While the answer to this question has multiple dimensions, trade policy certainly can play an important posi...
#1Francis Ng (World Bank)H-Index: 16
#2Alexander J. Yeats (World Bank)H-Index: 14
World Bank demographic and country characteristic statistics identify 16 small landlocked countries that are similar to Lesotho. The authors attempt to determine what useful policy information can be derived from the recent trade performance of these"comparators."Among questions they pose are whether the trade profiles of the comparators suggest potentially promising export ventures for Lesotho, do they indicate directions for a geographic diversification of trade, or do they suggest products in...
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#1Francis NgH-Index: 16
#2Alexander J. YeatsH-Index: 14
This study's empirical findings have positive implications for further efforts to expand East Asian regional trade and cooperation initiatives. Since the mid-1980s regional intra-trade has grown at a rate roughly double that of world trade, and at a rate far higher than the intra-trade of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member countries or the European Union. Evidence based on intra-industry trade ratios or statistics on international production sharing show economic linkages and ...
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#1Francis NgH-Index: 16
#2Alexander J. YeatsH-Index: 14
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