Economic history at the seminar series Reply

Ed Kerby

This afternoon we had the distinct pleasure of hosting Ed Kerby of LEAP at the School/TRADE seminar series. Ed presented a paper on the role that Asian migration and business networks played in international trade in the 1970’s and 80’s in South Africa. He has compiled a unique data set from previously embargoed and classified data showing an interesting shift to differentiated exports to Taiwan. Through using archival accounts he argues that the changes in trade occurred through what is known as the migrant-trade effect: his results suggest that Taiwanese entrepreneurs increased trade by forming business networks and supply chains linking them to Asian markets.

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