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May 2014International and Intra-national Market Segmentation and Integration in West Africa
with Michael W. Klein, Stephen A. O’Connell
in African Successes: Sustainable Growth, Sebastian Edwards, Simon Johnson, and David N. Weil, editors
May 2010Borders, Ethnicity and Trade
with Michael W. Klein, Stephen A. O'Connell, Muzhe Yang: w15960
Do national borders and ethnicity contribute to market segmentation between and within countries? This paper uses unique and high-frequency data on narrowly-defined goods to gauge the extent to which a national border impedes trade between developing countries (Niger and Nigeria). Using a regression discontinuity approach, we find a significant price change at the national border, but one that is lower in magnitude than that found for industrialized countries. Yet unlike that literature, and in line with important characteristics of African economies, we investigate the role of ethnicity in mitigating and exacerbating the border effect. We find that a common ethnicity is linked to lower price dispersion across countries, yet ethnic diversity creates an internal border within Niger. The pri...

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