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Food standards and exports : evidence from China
Author:Mangelsdorf, Axel; Portugal-Perez, Alberto; Wilson, John S.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 5976
Country:China; Date Stored:2012/02/22
Document Date:2012/02/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Information Security & Privacy; Scientific Research & Science Parks; Science Education; Food & Beverage Industry; Labor PoliciesLanguage:English
Major Sector:Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:1W-Trade Costs & Facilitation -- -- P111051;
Region:East Asia and PacificReport Number:WPS5976
Sub Sectors:Other domestic and international tradeTF No/Name:TF098750-BNPP-GROWTH
Volume No:1 of 1Related Dataset:Chinese Food Standards database;

Summary: Using a new database on Chinese food standards, this paper estimates the impact of volunta-ry and mandatory standards on its agricultural and food exports. The dataset covers seven Chinese products from 1992 to 2008. The findings here indicate that standards have a posi-tive effect on China's export performance. Standards signal to customers that products meet certain quality measures and promote information exchange. The benefits of increased ex-ports outweigh compliance costs. Our results also show that theses positive effects are larger when the standards are consistent with international norms.

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