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Regional Integration: What is in it for CARICOM?

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  • Mauricio Mesquita Moreira

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  • Eduardo Mendoza

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Economic and political integration have been a perennial and neuralgic issue in the caribbean agenda. This paper draws on the literature on trade, growth and regional agreements to discuss the motivation behind the caribbean drive for integration, the results obtained so far and what is in stock for the future. It argues, with the help of descriptive statistics, an empirical growth model and a gravity model, that the traditional, trade related gains from regional integration have been and are bound to be limited because of (1) the countries´ high openness; (2) the limited size of the "common", enlarged market; and (3) the countries´ relatively similar factor endowments. It also argues, though, that gains in the area of "non-tradables" , due to economies of scale which cannot be mitigated by trade and openness, can be substantial.

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  • Mauricio Mesquita Moreira & Eduardo Mendoza, 2007. "Regional Integration: What is in it for CARICOM?," ECONOMIA JOURNAL, THE LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION - LACEA, vol. 0(Fall 2007), pages 97-142, August.
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    1. Craigwell, Roland & Maurin, Alain, 2011. "Are Caribbean countries diverging or converging? evidence from spatial econometrics," MPRA Paper 33433, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Eric Pentecost & Paul Turner, 2010. "Demand and Supply Shocks in the Caribbean Economies: Implications for Monetary Union," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 33(10), pages 1325-1337, October.
    3. Juan Carlos Cuestas & Carlyn Ramlogan-Dobson, 2013. "Convergence of Inflationary Shocks: Evidence from the Caribbean," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 36(9), pages 1229-1243, September.
    4. Juan Carlos Cuestas & Carlyn Dobson, 2011. "Inflation persistence: Implication for a monetary union in the Caribbean," Working Papers 2011017, The University of Sheffield, Department of Economics.

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    economic integration; caricom; Caribbean;

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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