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Factors influencing bilateral intra-industry trade in the auto industry: the case of South Africa

  • Maylene Y. Damoense-Azevedo
  • André C. Jordaan
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    This study investigates factors influencing bilateral intra-industry trade (IIT) between South Africa and main trading partners in the auto industry, crucial to managers and policy-makers within this industry. The econometric results of the gravity model of IIT are statistically and economically significant in the context of the fixed effects method of estimation. Thus, the econometric investigation reveals that IIT is positively influenced by difference in economic size, trade openness and foreign direct investment, while it is negatively affected by geographical distance, economies of scale and automotive assistance. The findings of this study propose advancing trade liberalisation and deregulation of the South African auto industry to enhance IIT levels.

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    Volume (Year): 4 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1/2 ()
    Pages: 63-82

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