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Doukoure Charles Fe and Romain Kouakou N'guessan
''Does international trade stimulate structural change in Africa?''
( 2023, Vol. 43 No.1 )
While several empirical studies established a strong link between trade and growth, few studies have looked at the relationship between international trade and African structural change. This study attempts to shed empirical light on this latest relationship. It proposes a theoretical relationship between international trade and structural change through the channel of the percentage of manufactured products in total exports. Based on a panel model of 31 African countries from 1995 to 2017, empirical results show that the number of products shipped remains the catalyst for structural change in Africa. However, this factor has a marginal effect. So, yes, international trade can stimulate structural change in Africa, but it is necessary to move ahead by adding value to trading products to make progress and strength structural change.
Keywords: International trade, Structural change
JEL: F1 - Trade: General
F4 - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance: General
Manuscript Received : May 10 2022 Manuscript Accepted : Mar 30 2023

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