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Micro dynamics of Turkey's export boom in the 2000s (English)

This paper examines the microeconomics behind the dramatic export boom experienced by Turkey during the 2000s. Using disaggregated customs data covering the universe of export transactions for Turkey during the period 2002-2011, it characterizes firm-level dynamics in the export sector and decomposes export growth at the aggregate, sector, and destination market levels to identify the role of firm turnover, destination turnover, and product turnover. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6452 MAY 01, 2013

Fernandes, Ana M.; Cebeci, Tolga

Export superstars (English)

This paper shows that the top 1 percent of exporters critically shape trade patterns, using firm-level data from 32 countries. In particular, variation in average firm size (the intensive margin) explains over two thirds of the variation in the sector distribution of exports across countries, the remaining share is explained by variation in the number of firms (the extensive margin). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6222 OCT 01, 2012

Pierola, Martha Denisse; Freund, Caroline

Exporter dynamics database (English)

This paper introduces the Exporter Dynamics Database. The database includes exporter characteristics and measures of exporter growth based on firm-level customs information from 38 developing and seven developed countries, primarily for the period between 2003 and 2010. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6229 OCT 01, 2012

Fernandes, Ana M.; Cebeci, Tolga; Pierola, Martha Denisse; Freund, Caroline

How integrated is SADC ? trends in intra-regional and extra-regional trade flows and policy (English)

Do Southern African Development Community countries trade enough with each other and with the rest of the world? Although its share of world trade has fallen, appropriate benchmarking shows that, controlling for gross domestic product and other characteristics, Southern African Development Community countries have experienced an increase in openness that is comparable to other developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5625 APR 01, 2011

Behar, Alberto; Edwards, Lawrence

Does it matter who you sign with ? comparing the impacts of north-south and south-south trade agreements on bilateral trade (English)

Free trade agreements lead to a rise in bilateral trade regardless of whether the signatories are developed or developing countries. Furthermore, the percentage increase in bilateral trade is higher for South-South agreements than for North-South agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5626 APR 01, 2011

Behar, Alberto; Criville, Laia Cirera i

Export entrepreneurs : evidence from Peru (English)

This paper examines firm entry and survival in exporting, and in products and markets not previously served by any domestic exporters. The authors use data on the nontraditional agriculture sector in Peru, which grew seven-fold from 1994 to 2007. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5407 AUG 01, 2010

Pierola, Martha Denisse; Freund, Caroline

Regional trade agreements (English)

This paper reviews the theoretical and empirical literature on regionalism. The formation of regional trade agreements has been, by far, the most popular form of reciprocal trade liberalization in the past 15 years. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5314 MAY 01, 2010

Ornelas, Emanuel; Freund, Caroline

What constrains Africa's exports ? (English)

This paper examines the effects of transit, documentation, and ports and customs delays on Africa’s exports. The authors find that transit delays have the most economically and statically significant effect on exports. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5184 JAN 01, 2010

Rocha, Nadia; Freund, Caroline