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.
Daniela MaggioniAssistant Professor of Economics, Ca' Foscari University of Venice
Daniela Maggioni is Assistant Professor of Economics at the Ca' Foscari University of Venice. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Marche Polytechnic University and teaches microeconomics and macroeconomics. Her research mainly focuses on international trade, economic geography and industry dynamics. In her recent work, she studied the effects of trade and FDI on innovation, the geographical evolution of the product space and the impact of religion on trade.