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dc.contributor.authorAFESORGBOR, Sylvanus Kwaku
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-07T13:59:08Z
dc.date.available2016-09-07T13:59:08Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.issn1830-7728
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/43144
dc.description.abstractThe paper examines the impact of two main instruments of economic diplomacy - regional integration and commercial diplomacy - on export flows among African states. We test whether there is any evidence of a trade-off or complementary interaction between these two instruments in trade facilitation. We compare the effects of these two instruments of economic diplomacy on bilateral trade by employing a gravity model for 45 African states over the period 1980-2005. The results show that bilateral diplomatic exchange is a relatively more significant determinant of bilateral exports among African states compared to regional integration. We also find a nuanced interaction between these two instruments of economic diplomacy: the trade-stimulating effect of diplomatic exchange is less pronounced among African countries that shared membership of the same regional bloc. Generally, this could mean that there exists a trade-off between regional integration and commercial diplomacy in facilitating exports or a lack of complementarity between these two instruments of economic diplomacy.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEUI MWPen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2016/18en
dc.rightsinfo:eu-repo/semantics/openAccessen
dc.subjectEconomic diplomacyen
dc.subjectRegional integrationen
dc.subjectBilateral diplomacyen
dc.subjectAfrican tradeen
dc.titleEconomic diplomacy in Africa : the impact of regional integration versus bilateral diplomacy on bilateral tradeen
dc.typeWorking Paperen


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