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American trade policy towards Sub Saharan Africa –- a meta analysis of AGOA

Cooke, Edgar F A (2011): American trade policy towards Sub Saharan Africa –- a meta analysis of AGOA.

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Abstract

Twelve econometric studies investigating the impact of agoa presented in this paper have reported 174 different estimates. In testing for publication bias and whether there is a genuine empirical impact of agoa we resort to a meta-analysis. The meta-analysis provides us with a formal means of testing for publication bias and an empirical effect. The result shows significant publication bias in the selected studies. However, in a few cases the test for a genuine effect is passed successfully. The results of the meta-analysis indicates that agoa increased the trade of beneficiaries by 13.2%.

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