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Benin – Benin’s Informal Trading with Nigeria


This publication is part of the Benin Institutional Diagnostic.

Summary of contents:

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Historical economic relations between Benin and Nigeria
  • 3 Causes of informal trade: Nigeria’s pervasive distortions incentivise smuggling
  • 4 Magnitude of entrepôt trade between Benin and Nigeria
  • 5 The institutional structure of ICBT in Benin: highly organised informal trade
  • 6 The effects of informal trade on Benin
  • 7 Summary and policy conclusions
  • Discussion of ‘Benin’s informal trading with Nigeria’


  • Stephen S. Golub, Swarthmore College
  • Ahmadou Aly Mbaye and Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Dakar

With discussion by:

  • John O. Igué, Laboratoire d’analyse régionale et d’expertise sociale (LARES)

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