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Does It Matter Whom You Trade With? The Case of African Institutions and Chinese Trade

Salomonsson, Gustaf LU (2011) NEKM01 20112
Department of Economics
Abstract
The debate on Chinese activities in Africa has so far been polemic and inconclusive. In parallel, the literature on how trade affects institutions has evolved while failing to draw any definite conclusions. By joining the two areas of research, this study seeks to make contributions to two ongoing debates. The study is based on the understanding that entrepreneurs engage in foreign trade, and in activities intended to promote institutional change, based on their perceived self-interest. Through a cross-country analysis of the effects of trade with China, and with a group of Western countries, on institutional development in Africa, this stud finds that different trade partners can have divergent impacts on institutions. Importantly, the... (More)
The debate on Chinese activities in Africa has so far been polemic and inconclusive. In parallel, the literature on how trade affects institutions has evolved while failing to draw any definite conclusions. By joining the two areas of research, this study seeks to make contributions to two ongoing debates. The study is based on the understanding that entrepreneurs engage in foreign trade, and in activities intended to promote institutional change, based on their perceived self-interest. Through a cross-country analysis of the effects of trade with China, and with a group of Western countries, on institutional development in Africa, this stud finds that different trade partners can have divergent impacts on institutions. Importantly, the results indicate that trade with China had a positive impact on African institutions in the 1980s, but a negative impact in the 1990s. (Less)
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author
Salomonsson, Gustaf LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKM01 20112
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Institutions, Institutional Change, Trade, China, Africa
language
English
id
2203790
date added to LUP
2011-11-11 09:06:00
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2011-11-11 09:06:00
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  abstract     = {The debate on Chinese activities in Africa has so far been polemic and inconclusive. In parallel, the literature on how trade affects institutions has evolved while failing to draw any definite conclusions. By joining the two areas of research, this study seeks to make contributions to two ongoing debates. The study is based on the understanding that entrepreneurs engage in foreign trade, and in activities intended to promote institutional change, based on their perceived self-interest. Through a cross-country analysis of the effects of trade with China, and with a group of Western countries, on institutional development in Africa, this stud finds that different trade partners can have divergent impacts on institutions. Importantly, the results indicate that trade with China had a positive impact on African institutions in the 1980s, but a negative impact in the 1990s.},
  author       = {Salomonsson, Gustaf},
  keyword      = {Institutions,Institutional Change,Trade,China,Africa},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Does It Matter Whom You Trade With? The Case of African Institutions and Chinese Trade},
  year         = {2011},
}