Title

Does European aflatoxin regulation hurt groundnut exporters from Africa?

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2012

Journal or Book Title

European Review of Agricultural Economics

Volume

39

Issue

4

First Page or Article ID Number

589

Last Page

609

DOI

10.1093/erae/jbr062

Abstract

We provide an ex post econometric examination of the harmonisation and tightening of the EU maximum residue limit (MRL) on aflatoxins in 2002, and its impact on African exports of groundnut products. We find no evidence of the EU MRL having a significant negative trade impact on these groundnut exports from Africa across various methods of estimation. African domestic supply plays an important role in the determination of the volumes of trade and the propensity to trade. Our findings suggest that the trade potential of African groundnut exporters is more constrained by domestic supply issues rather than by limited market access.

JEL Classification

F13, Q17

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from European Review of Agricultural Economics, Vol. 39 no. 4 (2012): 589-609, doi: 10.1093/erae/jbr062.