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EU Enlargement and Trade Integration: Lessons from a Gravity Model

  • Matthieu Bussière
  • Jarko Fidrmuc
  • Bernd Schnatz

The authors estimate gravity models using a large panel of bilateral trade flows across 61 countries between 1980 and 2003, which are applied as a benchmark for the integration of Central and South Eastern European countries with the euro area. They show that a careful examination of the fixed effects of the model is crucial for the proper interpretation of the results. The results suggest that trade integration between most new EU member states and the euro area is already relatively advanced, while the remaining Central and Eastern European countries have significant scope to strengthen trade links with the euro area. Copyright � 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation � 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Volume (Year): 12 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (08)
Pages: 562-576

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