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The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)

This paper analyzes the impacts of selected trade facilitation measures on international trade flows. A gravity model is used to estimate four equations: a pooled cross-section model; a fixed-effects model; a random effects model; and a Poisson maximum likelihood estimator. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7367 JUL 14, 2015

de Sá Porto,Paulo C.; Canuto,Otaviano; Morini,Cristiano

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 25, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F.

Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)

Are politically connected firms more likely to evade taxes? This paper presents evidence suggesting firms owned by President Ben Ali and his family were more prone to evade import tariffs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7336 JUN 24, 2015

Rijkers,Bob; Baghdadi,Leila; Raballand,Gael J. R. F.

Latent trade diversification and its relevance for macroeconomic stability (English)

Traditional measures of trade diversification only take into account contemporaneous export baskets. These measures fail to capture a country’s ability to respond to shocks by allocating factors of production into activities for which it has already paid the fixed costs associated with exporting. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7332 JUN 23, 2015

Lederman,Daniel; Pienknagura,Samuel Jaime; Rojas,Diego

Export diversification in Africa : the importance of good trade logistics (English)

Economic activity in many African countries remains highly concentrated and exports are often dominated by mineral resources or a few primary products. ... See More +

Working Paper 97402 JUN 15, 2015

Huria,Ankur; Brenton,Paul

Is the WTO passe ? (English)

The WTO has delivered policy outcomes that are very different from those likely to emerge out of the recent wave of preferential trade agreements (PTAs). ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7304 JUN 12, 2015

Bagwell,Kyle; Bown,Chad P.; Staiger,Robert W.

Risk management in customs : benefits of customs reform - the evidence from Albania (English)

Research into the economic impact of a customs reform in Albania shows the promise of the broader trade facilitation reform efforts that are gaining momentum in developing countries worldwide. ... See More +

Viewpoint 97220 JUN 01, 2015

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Hillberry,Russell Henry; Alcántara, Alejandra Mendoza

Kazakhstan - Improving the trade policy framework, its management, and its regulations (Vol. 2) : Policy note one (English)

The main message of this report is that if Kazakhstan wants to take advantage of global integration and diversification opportunities, the government needs to improve its trade policy framework, its management, and its regulations. ... See More +

Working Paper 96863 JUN 01, 2015

Madani,Dorsati H. Russian

The impact of easing the US travel restrictions against Cuba on tourism in the OECS (English)

The US authorities announced in December 2014 an intention to normalize relations with Cuba, including measures to ease economic sanctions and the ban on US citizens’ travel to Cuba. ... See More +

Brief 97687 JUN 01, 2015

Djiofack,Calvin Zebaze; Odawara,Rei; Ivanic,Maros; Lohi,Julie Saty

Trade agreements and enforcement : evidence from WTO dispute settlement (English)

This paper examines the implications of the terms-of-trade theory for the determinants of outcomes arising under the enforcement provisions of international agreements. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7242 APR 20, 2015

Bown,Chad P.; Reynolds,Kara Marie

Statement by Xioazhun Yi at the 91st meeting of the Development Committee held on April 18, 2015 (English)

This is a statement by Xioazhun Yi, Deputy Director-General at the ninety first meeting of the Development Committee held on April 18, 2015. The World Trade Organization (WTO) forecasts world merchandise trade to grow at some plus 3.3 percent in 2015 in volume terms. ... See More +

Board Report 95883 APR 18, 2015

Tax evasion through trade intermediation : evidence from Chinese exporters (English)

Many production firms use intermediary trading firms to export indirectly. This paper uses Chinese export data at the transaction level to investigate the tax evasion motive through indirect trade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7232 APR 06, 2015

Liu,Xuepeng; Shi,Huimin; Ferrantino,Michael Joseph

Does input tariff reduction impact firms exports in the presence of import tariff exemption regimes ? (English)

In the last decade Morocco undertook substantial, if gradual, trade liberalization by reducing tariffs, reforming trade regulations and signing free and preferential trade agreements with several regions and countries, including the United States, Turkey, the European Union and Arab countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7231 APR 06, 2015

Bussolo,Maurizio; Vargas Da Cruz,Marcio Jose

The curious case of Brazils closedness to trade (English)

Although Brazil has become one of the largest economies in the world, it remains among the most closed economies as measured by the share of exports and imports in gross domestic product. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7228 APR 02, 2015

Canuto Dos Santos Filho,Otaviano; Fleischhaker,Cornelius; Schellekens,Philip

The impact of the Syrian conflict on Lebanese trade (English)

The devastating civil war in Syria is arguably one of the major civil conflicts in recent times. The conflict started with protests in March 2011 and soon after escalated to a violent internal war with no end in sight to this date. ... See More +

Working Paper 96087 APR 01, 2015

Calì, Massimiliano; Harake,Wissam; Hassan,Fadi; Struck,Clemens Christian

Economic implications of a potential free trade agreement between India and the United States (English)

This paper explores the economic implications of a potential free trade agreement between India and the United States. A series of simulations is conducted assuming 100 percent ad valorem equivalent tariff cuts for goods and 50 percent cuts for services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7212 MAR 10, 2015

Fukase,Emiko; Martin,William J.

Policy and performance in customs : evaluating the trade facilitation agreement (English)

The 2013 World Trade Organization ministerial in Bali produced a comprehensive framework agreement on trade facilitation. If fully implemented, the agreement should increase the speed and reduce the cost of moving goods across international borders. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7211 MAR 10, 2015

Hillberry,Russell Henry; Zhang,Xiaohui

Trade effects of customs reform : evidence from Albania (English)

Despite enormous academic interest in international trade costs and keen policy interest in efforts to mitigate them, so far there is very little hard evidence on the impacts of trade facilitation efforts. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7210 MAR 10, 2015

Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Hillberry,Russell Henry; Mendoza Alcantara,Alejandra

How to sustain export dynamism by reducing duality in the Dominican Republic : a World Bank trade competitiveness diagnostic (English)

This report analyzes export competitiveness in the Dominican Republic drawing from the Trade Competitiveness Diagnostic methodology (Farole and Reis, 2012). ... See More +

Working Paper AUS6804 MAR 02, 2015

Iwulska,Aleksandra; Jouanjean,Marie Agnes; Moberg,Lotta Malin Johanna; Reyes,Jose Daniel; Sanchez Martin,Miguel Eduardo; Ugarte Romero,Cristian; Van Der Borght,Rafael; Wagle,Swarnim Spanish

Caribbean trade report : the new trade environment and opportunities for the poor in the Caribbean (Vol. 2) : Trade matters : new opportunities for the Caribbean (English)

Trade is essential for Caribbean countries development and poverty reduction. Given their small market size, they are dependent on exports to produce manufactured products at efficient scale. ... See More +

Working Paper 93184 JAN 01, 2015

Djiofack,Calvin Zebaze

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The impacts of trade facilitation measures on international trade flows (English)
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JUL 14, 2015 WPS7367 Policy Research Working Paper
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia : Réseaux politiques et fraude douanière : Données tirées de l’expérience tunisienne (French)
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JUN 25, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper
Political connections and tariff evasion : evidence from Tunisia (English)
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JUN 24, 2015 WPS7336 Policy Research Working Paper
Latent trade diversification and its relevance for macroeconomic stability (English)
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JUN 23, 2015 WPS7332 Policy Research Working Paper
Export diversification in Africa : the importance of good trade logistics (English)
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JUN 15, 2015 97402 Working Paper
Is the WTO passe ? (English)
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JUN 12, 2015 WPS7304 Policy Research Working Paper
Risk management in customs : benefits of customs reform - the evidence from Albania (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 97220 Viewpoint
Kazakhstan - Improving the trade policy framework, its management, and its regulations (Vol. 2) : Policy note one (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 96863 Working Paper Russian
The impact of easing the US travel restrictions against Cuba on tourism in the OECS (English)
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JUN 01, 2015 97687 Brief
Trade agreements and enforcement : evidence from WTO dispute settlement (English)
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APR 20, 2015 WPS7242 Policy Research Working Paper
Statement by Xioazhun Yi at the 91st meeting of the Development Committee held on April 18, 2015 (English)
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APR 18, 2015 95883 Board Report
Tax evasion through trade intermediation : evidence from Chinese exporters (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7232 Policy Research Working Paper
Does input tariff reduction impact firms exports in the presence of import tariff exemption regimes ? (English)
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APR 06, 2015 WPS7231 Policy Research Working Paper
The curious case of Brazils closedness to trade (English)
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APR 02, 2015 WPS7228 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of the Syrian conflict on Lebanese trade (English)
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APR 01, 2015 96087 Working Paper
Economic implications of a potential free trade agreement between India and the United States (English)
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MAR 10, 2015 WPS7212 Policy Research Working Paper
Policy and performance in customs : evaluating the trade facilitation agreement (English)
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MAR 10, 2015 WPS7211 Policy Research Working Paper
Trade effects of customs reform : evidence from Albania (English)
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MAR 10, 2015 WPS7210 Policy Research Working Paper
How to sustain export dynamism by reducing duality in the Dominican Republic : a World Bank trade competitiveness diagnostic (English)
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MAR 02, 2015 AUS6804 Working Paper Spanish
Caribbean trade report : the new trade environment and opportunities for the poor in the Caribbean (Vol. 2) : Trade matters : new opportunities for the Caribbean (English)
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JAN 01, 2015 93184 Working Paper