UNU Policy Brief Number 5, 2007

Naudé, Wim and Matthee, Marianne (2007). UNU Policy Brief Number 5, 2007. Policy Briefs. United Nations University.

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    Author Naudé, Wim
    Matthee, Marianne
    Title UNU Policy Brief Number 5, 2007
    Series Title Policy Briefs
    Publication Date 2007
    Place of Publication Finland
    Publisher United Nations University
    Pages VIII, 8
    Language eng
    Abstract The success of Africa’s exports, as well as its spatial development, depends on lowering transport costs. In this Policy Brief, we address a number of pertinent questions on transport costs in Africa, such as ‘what are transport costs?’, ‘do transport costs matter for trade?’, ‘how important are transport costs in practice?’, and ‘why are Africa’s transport costs so high?’ We present case study of the firm location decisions of exporters in South Africa to illustrate the significance in particular of domestic transport costs for manufactured exports. The message from this Policy Brief is that Africa’s international transport costs are significantly higher than that of other regions, and its domestic transport costs could be just as significant. Moreover, we show how domestic transport costs influence the location, the quantity, and the diversity of manufactured exports. Various policy options to reduce transport costs in Africa are discussed.
    UNBIS Thesaurus TRANSPORT POLICY AND PLANNING
    AFRICA
    TRANSPORT AND COMMUNIIONS
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2007
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 18148026
    ISBN 9789280830415
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