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Trade preferences and the role of institutional quality in economic integration (TRARIQ)
Start date: 01 Nov 2007, End date: 31 Oct 2009 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Firms and industries differ in their capacities to engage in export and import activities, to enter into foreign markets. Some firms/industries are more successful in taking advantage of preferential market access or entering into foreign markets. This research project aims to explore cross-industry/cross-firm variation in export performance and ability to enter into foreign markets with special emphasis on the role of institutions, governance and trade preferences.Thus the project will evolve along two main axes. First it will evaluate trade preferences at sectoral level taking into account various factors including institutional quality and rules of origin. This would result in the development of a new sectoral level dataset and a novel econometric technique. Second, it will look at the effects of quality of governance and institutions on firms ability to enter into foreign markets and to establish links with foreign markets through mergers and acquisitions.
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