World Bank Research Digest


Volume 11, No. 1, Fall 2016

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Trade and Globalization.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Insights from World Bank Research on Trade and Globalization.
  2. What Drives Differences in Exporter Behavior across Countries? Analysis using a new database finds that both a country’s size and its stage of development matter for the behavior of exporters. 
    Ana Fernandes, Caroline Freund, and Martha Denisse Pierola.
  3. The Rising Domestic Content of Chinese Exports. The domestic content of exports has been falling in most countries—but rising in China. What has caused China to defy the trend?
    Hiau Looi Kee and Heiwai Tang.
  4. The Quality Effects of Exporting to High-Income Countries. Increasing exports to richer markets may require quality upgrading by entire complexes of suppliers and downstream producers.
    Paulo Bastos, Joana Silva, and Eric Verhoogen.
  5. Labor Market Frictions and Trade Adjustment Costs in Developing Countries. A global map of labor mobility costs sheds light on how long it might take for different countries to fully adjust to trade shocks.
    Erhan Artuc, Daniel Lederman, and Guido Porto. 
  6. How Product Standards Affect Firms’ Export Decisions. Firms are less likely to export to markets where product standards are more stringent than those they face at home.
    Ana Fernandes, Esteban Ferro, and John S. Wilson.
  7. How Services Reform Helped Revive Indian Manufacturing. A key factor in the success of Indian manufacturing in recent years lies outside manufacturing—in the services sector.
    Jens Arnold, Beata Javorcik, Molly Lipscomb, and Aaditya Mattoo.
  8. Are the Benefits of Export Support Durable? An export promotion program in Tunisia benefited participants—but only in the short term. Why did the benefits not last?
    Olivier Cadot, Ana Fernandes, Julien Gourdon, and Aaditya Mattoo.
  9. Resource Rents and Local Development in Post-Apartheid South Africa. In post-apartheid South Africa the dismantling of coercive institutions affected the distribution of rents from natural resource exports.
    Paulo Bastos and Nicolas Bottan.
  10. Are Politically Connected Firms More Likely to Evade Import Tariffs and Other Taxes? In Tunisia firms owned by former president Ben Ali and his family were more likely than others to evade import tariffs and other taxes during his reign. 
    Bob Rijkers, Leila Baghdadi, and Hassen Arouri.
  11. Trade Agreements under Threat. Is 2016 the year that antiglobalization forces will halt what has been a seven-decade push on global economic cooperation?
    Kyle Bagwell, Chad P. Bown, and Robert W. Staiger.
  12. Recent World Bank Research Publications and Papers on Trade and Globalization.


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