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Xavier Cirera - Research Fellow

Xavier Cirera no longer works for IDS. As a trade economist with an interest in the impact of trade reform, trade preferences and regional integration, he has extensive experience working in Southern and Eastern Africa and Brazil.

His recent research focuses on three main areas of trade and development: the impact of different regional and preferential trade agreements, such as GSP and EPAs; firm level analysis of the determinants of export diversification and the impact of trade reform and trade exposure on firm level productivity; and, the impact of emerging powers in Africa.

Other interests include the analysis of spatial price variations and the functioning of rural markets, the impact of trade on income distribution and the impact of income distribution on future food demand.

The purpose of this review is to inform Development Finance Institution (DFI) policy so as to improve the development outcomes resulting from their engagement in the infrastructure sectors of low income countries.

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The objective of this research is to contribute to the understanding of one of the most important processes required for achieving sustained economic growth in emerging and developing countries: the process of product and export diversification.

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A general review of the negotiating process and costs of EPAs and their impact on development.

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What is the Economic Engagement Footprint of Rising Powers in Africa?

IDS Policy Briefing 41 (2013)

This Policy Briefing shows that economic engagement with countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is not that different to that of OECD countries. More details

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What is Business and Development? An Annotated Bibliography

IDS Evidence Report 4 (2013)

This annotated bibliography provides an exhaustive collection of resources on the topic of Business and Development. More details

IDS publications on international development research

The Determinants of Outward Processing: Evidence from Offshoring Intermediates by the European Union

This paper analyses the determinants of outward processing (OP) trade; specifically, imports of intermediates subsequent to processing abroad. More details

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Firm Behaviour and the Introduction of New Exports: Evidence from Brazil

IDS Working Paper 390 (2012)

This paper contributes to understanding the process of export diversification by analysing firm level determinants in Brazil during the period 2000–2009. More details

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing

Achieving Export Diversification: Lessons from Brazil

IDS In Focus Policy Briefing 21 (2012)

Achieving export diversification has been a central objective of development policy for the last 50 years, yet many developing countries struggle to achieve it. More details

Thematic Expertise:
Agriculture; BRICS and Rising Powers; Economy and Finance; Trade and Growth.

Related Programmes and Centres:
Rising Powers in International Development.

Geographic Expertise:
Sub Saharan Africa; Brazil; Mozambique.