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Are the benefits of export support durable ? evidence from Tunisia
 
Author:Cadot, Olivier; Fernandes, Ana M.; Gourdon, Julien; Mattoo, Aaditya; Collection Title:Impact Evaluation seriesPolicy Research working paper ; no. WPS 6295
Country:Tunisia; Date Stored:2012/12/17
Document Date:2012/12/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Small Scale Enterprise; Economic Theory & Research; Microfinance; Labor Policies; E-BusinessLanguage:English
Major Sector:Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:1W-Research On Impact Evaluation For Trade Interventions -- -- P122327;
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:WPS6295
Sub Sectors:Other domestic and international tradeTF No/Name:TF097261-Research on IE for Trade Interventions; TF012409-Dissemination of work on Impact Evaluation in International Integration
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: This paper evaluates the effects of the FAMEX export promotion program in Tunisia on the performance of beneficiary firms. While much of the literature assesses only the short-term impact of such programs, the paper considers also the longer-term impact. Propensity-score matching, difference-in-difference, and weighted least squares estimates suggest that beneficiaries initially see faster export growth and greater diversification across destination markets and products. However, three years after the intervention, the growth rates and the export levels of beneficiaries are not significantly different from those of non-beneficiary firms. Exports of beneficiaries do remain more diversified, but the diversification does not translate into lower volatility of exports. The authors also did not find evidence that the program produced spillover benefits for non-beneficiary firms. However, the results on the longer-term impact of export promotion must be interpreted cautiously because the later years of the sample period saw a collapse in world trade, which may not have affected all firms equally.

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