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Comparative Advantage of Leather Industry in Pakistan with Selected Asian Economies

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  • Sadaf Shahab

    (School of Economic Sciences, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Pakistan)

  • Muhammad Tariq Mahmood

    (School of Economic Sciences, Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology, Pakistan)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyze the trade specialization in the leather products between some selected Asian economies, with particular focus on Pakistan. For which, a measure of Revealed Comparative Advantage (RCA Balassa Index) is used. The analysis shows that Pakistan has a high comparative advantage in leather products over all the selected economies during the period of study. The paper highlights the problems faced by the leather industry and identifies some immediate policy action to be taken to improve the performance of the leather industry in the light of evidence.

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Article provided by Econjournals in its journal International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues.

Volume (Year): 3 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 133-139

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Handle: RePEc:eco:journ1:2013-01-13

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Keywords: Revealed Comparative advantage; Balassa Index; Exports; Skill Specialization;

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  1. Hanif, Muhammad N. & Jafri, Sabina K., 2006. "Financial Development and Textile Sector Competitiveness: A Case Study of Pakistan," MPRA Paper 10271, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Balassa, Bela, 1977. "'Revealed' Comparative Advantage Revisited: An Analysis of Relative Export Shares of the Industrial Countries, 1953-1971," The Manchester School of Economic & Social Studies, University of Manchester, vol. 45(4), pages 327-44, December.
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