Manufacturing Export, ICT Infrastructure and Institutions in ECOWAS Countries


By

OSABUOHIEN, Evans, Ph.D

Dept. of Economics and Development Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria/

Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, German Development Institute, Bonn, Germany

and

EFOBI, Uchenna (Ph.D Candidate)

School of Business,

Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria

Abstract

This study empirically examined the relationship between manufacturing export and ICT infrastructural provision, and underscored how institutional quality can influence such relationship using 15 ECOWAS countries (2000-2012). This stemmed from the fact that infrastructural provision in ECOWAS sub-region is low and there is a drive by the regional community to improve infrastructure for enhanced trade outcomes. We used the Systems Generalised Method of Moment-SGMM technique to address possible issues of endogeneity and reverse causality. Our result reveals that the current level of infrastructural provision in ECOWAS countries cannot translate into improved trade benefit. However, institutional development in this region can circumvent this shortcoming. The results are robust with the inclusion of some alternative estimates


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