This study tests whether firms in the EAC that supply in the foreign markets are in line with the learning by exporting hypothesis, in view of the differing performance indicators between exporters and non-exporters in these economies.
The data for this study is constructed from the World Bank Enterprise Survey for four EAC countries (Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda) between 2006 and 2013. Similar to other studies, the study finds a statistically significant performance difference in terms of labour productivity and average wage between exporting and non-exporting firms, which implies a premium for firms that sell in international markets. In addition, exporters exhibit higher growth of labour productivity relative to non-exporters, which is further evidence of learning by exporting. Comparison of the learning effectiveness between domestic and foreign owned firms indicates that domestically owned firms learn more from exporting than foreign owned firms; and that learning effects accumulate with time.
These results suggest that governments in these countries should design policies to promote export (such as promotion of EPZs, conducive investment climate and establishment of EPAs) so that many firms can participate in international trade and tap the export premium.
This handbook has been prepared as part of a project implemented by Tanzania Industrial Research and Development Organization (TIRDO) and REPOA in effort to address climate damage caused by uncontrolled cutting of trees for firewood and charcoal production. Tanzania has not fully addressed the issue of climate effects resulting from dependence on biomass (firewood and […]
This Court Users’ Satisfaction Survey Report 2023 provides an assessment of the Judiciary’s achievements against the objectives of the Five-Year Strategic Plans, identify challenges of the reforms that the Judiciary has been facing in the course of implementing its Strategic Plans, and inform the course of the reform needed based on citizens’ perceived challenges. The […]
The report identifies and proposes responses to the bottlenecks to improving competitiveness and diversification in selected agricultural export-oriented sectors along Tanzania’s main export corridors. The report is structured as follows. Chapter 1 provides and introduction and background to the project – and the methodology used in undertaking the study. Chapter 2 provides a detailed account […]
This study seeks to highlight the implications of entering an EPA with the EU for the EAC in general and URT in particular to provide a strong basis for negotiation of the EPA. Thus, the overall objective of the study is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the costs and benefits to Tanzania of implementing […]