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Competitiveness of Pakistani Fruits in the World Market


  • Waqar Akhtar

    () (Social Sciences Institute (SSI), National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad.)

  • M. Sharif

    () (Social Sciences Institute (SSI), National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad.)

  • Hassnain Shah

    () (Social Sciences Institute (SSI), National Agricultural Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad.)


This paper examines the global competitiveness of Pakistan’s fruit exports (dates, mangoes, and oranges), using revealed comparative advantage (RCA). It also analyzes domestic consumption trends among selected fruits grown by major exporters. Our results indicate that Pakistan has a comparative advantage in fruit exports. Comparing the movement in comparative advantage indices for Pakistan with those of its main exporters/competitors demonstrates that Pakistan has a relatively high comparative and competitive advantage in the production of dates and mangoes. The increasing trend of competitiveness in Pakistan indicates that there is potential for higher growth; given that fruit exports are a potential source of higher exports earnings, there is a need to strengthen competitiveness in this sector.

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  • Waqar Akhtar & M. Sharif & Hassnain Shah, 2009. "Competitiveness of Pakistani Fruits in the World Market," Lahore Journal of Economics, Department of Economics, The Lahore School of Economics, vol. 14(2), pages 125-133, Jul-Dec.
  • Handle: RePEc:lje:journl:v:14:y:2009:i:2:p:125-133

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    Comparative advantage; competitiveness; exports; growth.;

    JEL classification:

    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • Q17 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agriculture in International Trade
    • Q18 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Policy; Food Policy


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