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The African Growth and Opportunity Act - Effects on export diversification and female labour in the apparel sectors

Jönsson, Lina LU (2014) NEKH01 20141
Department of Economics
Abstract
In 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act was signed into law in the United States, and is at present set to last until 2015. The act aimed at helping the Sub-Saharan African countries develop “through trade, not aid”. This essay studies the effect of the act on diversification of goods exported from these African countries to the United States. By analysing trade data for the period 1997-2012 this essay examines whether there is a basis for an extension of the act. The focus is both on an aggregated level and on the female dominated apparel sectors. The apparel sectors are studied specifically in order to see if the act has any effect on sectors that is important for empowering women. The results from the empiric analyses show that... (More)
In 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act was signed into law in the United States, and is at present set to last until 2015. The act aimed at helping the Sub-Saharan African countries develop “through trade, not aid”. This essay studies the effect of the act on diversification of goods exported from these African countries to the United States. By analysing trade data for the period 1997-2012 this essay examines whether there is a basis for an extension of the act. The focus is both on an aggregated level and on the female dominated apparel sectors. The apparel sectors are studied specifically in order to see if the act has any effect on sectors that is important for empowering women. The results from the empiric analyses show that AGOA do not show any effect on diversifying the exported goods on the aggregated level, but for the apparel sectors there is a positive effect. Thereby, based on this study there is a basis for an extension of the act – at least for the apparel sectors. (Less)
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Jönsson, Lina LU
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NEKH01 20141
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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women, apparel, rules of origin, diversification, trade preferences, AGOA
language
English
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4406561
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2014-04-30 08:18:34
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  abstract     = {In 2000, the African Growth and Opportunity Act was signed into law in the United States, and is at present set to last until 2015. The act aimed at helping the Sub-Saharan African countries develop “through trade, not aid”. This essay studies the effect of the act on diversification of goods exported from these African countries to the United States. By analysing trade data for the period 1997-2012 this essay examines whether there is a basis for an extension of the act. The focus is both on an aggregated level and on the female dominated apparel sectors. The apparel sectors are studied specifically in order to see if the act has any effect on sectors that is important for empowering women. The results from the empiric analyses show that AGOA do not show any effect on diversifying the exported goods on the aggregated level, but for the apparel sectors there is a positive effect. Thereby, based on this study there is a basis for an extension of the act – at least for the apparel sectors.},
  author       = {Jönsson, Lina},
  keyword      = {women,apparel,rules of origin,diversification,trade preferences,AGOA},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The African Growth and Opportunity Act - Effects on export diversification and female labour in the apparel sectors},
  year         = {2014},
}