Peer-reviewed journals


Chebbi, H. and Olarreaga, M. (2019). Investigating exchange rate shocks on agricultural trade balance: The case of TunisiaThe Journal of International Trade and Economic Development.

Abstract: The paper studies the impact of changes in Tunisia’s exchange rate on the net external position of the agricultural sector. It shows that substitutability on production and consumption among domestically produced goods leads to an ambiguous impact for reasons that go beyond the Marshall-Lerner condition. Using cointegration techniques to disentangle the long and short-run impact of changes in the exchange rate on the net agricultural trade balance, we find that the depreciation of the domestic currency leads to a deterioration of the net external position of Tunisia’s agricultural sector in the long-run.


Jel Code: F14, Q17, C32

Keywords: Agricultural trade balance; exchange rate; Tunisia


Affiliation of authors: Chebbi, H. (University of Tunis, MACMA); Olarreaga, M. (University of Geneva and CEPR)



Guizani, B. (2019). The Impact of Exchange Rate Shocks on Trade in Times of Uncertainties: Evidence from Three Oil-Importing Countries in MENA, forthcoming in Statéco, No 113.


Abstract: forthcoming 


JEL Code: F10, F14, F17, F31

Keywords: Exports, Imports, Exchange rate shock, Uncertainty, Transition.


Affiliation of author: Associate researcher at WTO Chair Tunis Business School.



 Baghdadi L., Ben Kheder S. and Arouri H., (2019) Assessing the performance of the offshore regime in Tunisia, Journal of Economic Integration, Forthcoming


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Baghdadi L., Ben Kheder S. and Arouri H., (2019) Impact of Non-Tariff Measures on firms in Tunisia, Review of Development Economics, Forthcoming


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Ben Slimane, M and Baghdedi, L., (2019). How internationalization affects firms’ growth in the MENA region? A quantile regression approach. Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, Volume 39(2), pages 751-771.

Abstract: In this paper, we contribute to the literature by studying the effect of internationalization on the conditional firm growth rate distribution in eight countries from the MENA region. We use four measures of internationalization: exporting status, two-way trade, export intensity and export experience. We use the BEEPS data from the Enterprise Survey of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank. The main results show that exporting status and export experience play an important role to improve both employment and sales growth in various quantiles. However, two-way trade has an effect on employment growth and export intensity has an effect on lower sales growth quantiles.


Jel Code: L11; L25; D25

Keywords: Firm performance, international trade, quantile regression


Affiliation of authors: WTO Chair at TBS.

*This work is an output of WCP-TBS fellows not directly linked or funded by the Chair

*Influenced but not attributed to WCP-TBS