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Agricultural trade liberalization, regional trade agreements and agricultural technical efficiency in Africa

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dc.contributor.author Sunge, Regret
dc.contributor.author Ngepah, Nicholas
dc.date.accessioned 2021-09-20T07:03:28Z
dc.date.available 2021-09-20T07:03:28Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0030727019870551
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.gzu.ac.zw:8080/xmlui/handle/123456789/406
dc.description.abstract Despite increased agricultural trade liberalization, high productive inefficiency in agriculture has kept Africa as a net importer of agriculture products. Empirical studies have focused on the trade liberalization–productivity growth nexus and overlooked the efficiency linkage. Also the role of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and institutions in reducing inefficiency in agriculture have been sidelined. We use a stochastic frontier approach and single-stage maximum likelihood estimation of a true fixed-effects panel data model for our analysis. Using maize and rice data, we provide evidence that through technology transfer, agricultural trade Statistically improves technical efficiency. Moreover, results suggest that RTAs provide favourable technical efficiency effects, which varies across products and membership. Furthermore, we document that while regulatory quality reduces technical inefficiency, control of corruption increases it. Our findings call for increased role of RTAs in promoting agricultural trade liberalization. This should be complemented by further strengthening of institutions involved in the agriculture value chain. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher SAGE en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Vol. 49;Issue 1
dc.subject Agricultural trade liberalization en_US
dc.subject regional trade agreements en_US
dc.subject technical efficiency en_US
dc.subject stochastic frontier analysis en_US
dc.subject maximum likelihood estimation en_US
dc.title Agricultural trade liberalization, regional trade agreements and agricultural technical efficiency in Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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