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Do Export Promotion Agencies Increase Exports?

Discussion Papers


by HAYAKAWA Kazunobu, Hyun-Hoon LEE, and Donghyun PARK
October 2011


In this paper, we examine the role of export promotion agencies (EPAs) in promoting exports from Japan and Korea. Looking at two home countries enables us to tackle endogeneity issues by controlling for both country-pair time-invariant characteristics and importing country time-varying characteristics. Our empirical results indicate that the coefficients of the EPA dummy are similar in size to those of the FTA dummy. This implies that establishing an EPA office in a country is equivalent to signing an FTA with that country. In addition, we find that EPA’s effects are larger for manufactured products than non-manufactured products. Finally, the EPA effect is larger for low income trade partners than for high income trade partners.

Keywords: Export promotion; FTA; Gravity model
JEL classification: F10, F13, F15

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