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|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=8429|
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.