African trade dynamics: is China a different trading partner?

Paul de Grauwe, Romain Houssa, Giulia Piccillo

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This paper employs the standard gravity model to identify the quality of governance of China's African trade partners. As a benchmark, we perform the same analysis on other major African trade partners: France, Germany, UK, and USA. Data from 53 African countries in 1996–2009 show that only China is consistently willing to import more from African countries with a lower governance standing. By doing so; China fills a gap left open by the other major world economies, and might even play a key role in the future development of Africa.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-45
JournalJournal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

JEL classifications

  • o55 - Economywide Country Studies: Africa
  • f10 - Trade: General
  • f14 - Empirical Studies of Trade


  • Africa
  • China
  • trade

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