The impact of African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on U.S. imports from Sub-Saharan Africa

Bedassa Tadesse, Bichaka Fayissa

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Abstract

We evaluate the impact of the unilateral trade policy concession known as African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) on U.S. imports from eligible Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Using U.S.-SSA countries' trade data that span the years 1991-2006, we find that AGOA has contributed to the initiation of new and the intensification of existing U.S. imports in both manufactured and non-manufactured goods and several product categories. However, compared to its import initiation impact, the import intensification effect of the Act has been marginal. Our results have important policy implication for further intensification of African exports to the U.S. markets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)920-941
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008

Keywords

  • AGOA
  • Trade agreements
  • Trade initiation
  • Trade intensification

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