DP8429 A Second Look at the Pesticides Initiative Program: Evidence from Senegal

Author(s): Olivier Cadot, Mélise Jaud
Publication Date: June 2011
Keyword(s): Agriculture, EU, Export Promotion, Impact Evaluation, Senegal, Technical Assistance
JEL(s): C23, F13, F14, L15, L25, O17, O24
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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This paper investigates whether the Pesticides Initiative Program has significantly affected the export performance of Senegal's horticulture industry. We apply two main microeconometric techniques, difference-in-difference and matching difference-in-differences to identify the effect of the Pesticides Initiative Program on exports of fresh fruits and vegetables. We use a unique firm-level dataset containing data on sales, employment, and exports by product and destination markets, as well as firm enrolment year, over 2000-2008. The results suggest that while the program had no significant effect on exports pooled over all products and destinations, it had a positive effect when considering fresh fruits and vegetables exports to the European Union.