Does religious affinity help firms to get access to foreign markets? This column reports evidence that sharing Islamic beliefs with potential customers abroad eases the first-time access to export markets of manufacturing firms active in Turkey. The nexus between religiosity and trade may help to explain the recent tightening of Turkey’s trading relationship with the Muslim world – and between Muslim-majority countries more generally.
Alessia Lo TurcoAssociate Professor of Economics, Università Politecnica delle Marche
Alessia Lo Turco is Associate Professor of Economics at the Università Politecnica delle Marche (Ancona, Italy). Her research work has focussed on trade, firm production and innovation dynamics and on the labour market effects of international trade. Her latest publications include articles in Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics and Journal of Economic Geography.