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GTAP Resource #5705

"Assessing the impacts of Non-Tariff Barriers in the African Continental Free Trade Area"
by Leudjou Njiteu, Rostant Roland

Like tariffs, the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) involves non-tariff barriers (NTBs) whose effects are not known. The lack of in-depth studies is justified, until recent years, by a lack of reliable data and techniques for quantifying NTBs based on trade theory.
In order to prepare the states for the NTB negotiations under the AfCFTA, this project aims to analyze the impact of the reduction of NTBs on GDP, trade and welfare gains.

This project will capitalize on recent advances in NTB data collection. It will use data from the Global Trade Alerts (GTA) database, which is currently the most comprehensive with the most significant number of African countries.

First, using the gravity model, we will estimate the impact of NTBs on bilateral trade in 6-digit disaggregated products. Second, we will use the coefficients of the estimates to calculate the ad valorem equivalents (AVEs) of the NTBs associated with the formation of the AfCFTA. Third, we will use AVEs in a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) Model to quantify the responses related to GDP, trade, and welfare gains.

Keywords: AfCFTA, NBTs, AVEs, Gravity Model, CGE Model

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Category: 2019 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 22nd Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Warsaw, Poland
Date: 2019
Created: Leudjou Njiteu, R. (4/7/2019)
Updated: Leudjou Njiteu, R. (4/7/2019)
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- Calibration and parameter estimation
- Non-Tariff barriers
- Preferential trading arrangements
- Other data bases and data issues
- The GTAP Data Base and extensions
- Africa (Central)
- Africa (East)
- Africa (North)
- Africa (Southern)
- Africa (West)

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