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  • Tarik Yousef
  • Hassan Al-Atrash
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    This paper estimates a gravity model to address the issue of whether intra-Arab trade is too little. Although gravity models have been extensively used to measure bilateral trade among countries, they have—to the best of our knowledge—never been used to measure intra-Arab trade. Our results suggest that intra-Arab trade and Arab trade with the rest of the world are lower than what would be predicted by the gravity equation, suggesting considerable scope for regional—as well as multilateral—integration. The results also suggest that intra-GCC and intra-Maghreb trade are relatively low while the Mashreq countries exhibit a higher level of intragroup trade.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 00/10.

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    Length: 20
    Date of creation: 01 Jan 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:00/10

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    Keywords: Trade; Economic models; bilateral trade; regional integration; trade patterns; intraregional trade; per capita income; trade liberalization; free trade; trade integration; trade diversion; economic integration; international trade; intraindustry trade; factor endowments; regional trade arrangements; trade openness; average tariff; andean pact; trade impediments; trading arrangements; pact countries; trading blocs; nontariff barriers; trading arrangement; multilateral trade; product differentiation; global integration; free trade agreement; trade theories; capital markets; trade theory; partner country; direction of trade statistics; multilateral liberalization; free trade agreements; trade creation; regional trading arrangements; multilateral context; regional trade; open trade; trade agreement; trade links; trade arrangements; import substitution; trade policies; increasing trade; trading patterns; transition economies; preferential agreements; oil-producing countries; trading partner; world markets; trade costs; exporting countries; trade regimes; multilateral framework; partner countries; bilateral free trade agreements; bilateral free trade; foreign exchange; terms of factor endowments; establishing free trade; national markets; open trade regime; national borders; trade agreements; open trade regimes; trade regime; trade flows; multilateralism; value of trade; exchange rates;

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    1. Ben Hammouda, Hakim & Oulmane, Nassim & Bchir, Hédi & Sadni Jallab, Mustapha, 2006. "The Cost of non-Maghreb: Achieving the Gains from Economic Integration," MPRA Paper 13293, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Hagemejer, Jan & Cieslik, Andrzej, 2009. "Assessing the impact of the EU-sponsored trade liberalization in the MENA countries," MPRA Paper 17721, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Hassan, M. Kabir, 2001. "Is SAARC a viable economic block? evidence from gravity model," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 263-290.
    4. Malik, Adeel & Awadallah, Bassem, 2013. "The Economics of the Arab Spring," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 296-313.
    5. Rodolphe Blavy, 2001. "Trade in the Mashreq," IMF Working Papers 01/163, International Monetary Fund.
    6. Sekkat, Khalid, 2012. "Manufactured Exports and FDI in Southern Mediterranean Countries: Evolution, determinants and prospects," CEPS Papers 6849, Centre for European Policy Studies.
    7. Hoekman, Bernard & Messerlin, Patrick, 2002. "Initial conditions and incentives for Arab economic integration : can the European Community's success be emulated?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2921, The World Bank.
    8. Rym Ayadi & Luc De Wulf & Moez El Elj & Michael Gasiorek & Ahmed Ghoneim & Javier Lopez Gonzalez & Selen Guerin & Peter Holmes & Hammad Kassal & Maryla Maliszewska & Mahmut Tekce, 2009. "Economic Integration in the Euro-Mediterranean Region," CASE Network Reports 0089, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.
    9. Maur, Jean-Christophe, 2008. "Regionalism and trade facilitation : a primer," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4464, The World Bank.
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