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Determinants of Trade in Services in Africa: A Gravity Model Approach


Despite Its Stage Of Infancy, Trade In Services In Africa Is Expected To Improve The Poor Diversification Of Trade Portfolio And Trade Destination. In Order This to Happen, There Is A Need To Study The Determinants And The Directions Of Africa's Trade In Services. This Paper Intends To Study The Factors That Affect The Bilateral Trade In Services Using A Gravity Model Approach For A 5 Year Data Spanning From 2003-2007. The Finding Of This Research Reveals That Gdp Per Capita And Total Labor Force Of The African Nations And Their Partnering Nations Positively Affect The Trade In Services. An Improved Access To The Internet In Africa Also Promotes The Continents Trade In Services. Contrary To This, Distance Has Also A Negative Impact On Service. In Terms Of The Direction Of Service Trade, African Nations Tend To Trade More With Their Ex-Colonial Masters

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & Worku Gebeyehu (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Services, Gravity Model

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Broad Subject heading: 
Trade In Services
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2012
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-06-27 23:12:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:57:54
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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