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The bilateral trade agreements and export performance of South Asian nations with special reference to India Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement


  • Suhail P

    () (The B School International, Kottakkal, Kerala, India)

  • Sreejesh S

    () (IBS Hyderabad, Andrapradesh)


The regional trade agreements (RTA) have been one of the important developments in the world trading system in 1990s. There are number of studies on the effects trade agreements in different contexts. This study is an attempt to analyse the effects of bilateral trade agreements in the intraregional trade in the SAARC region with special reference to the Free Trade Agreements (FTA) between India Sri Lanka. The study uses a panel regression analysis by using balance panel data. The study concludes that the FTA between India and Sri Lanka has brought positive results in the trade between these two nations by improving the bilateral trade in goods. The results of the study are important in the context of looking for the prospects of a free trade area in the region by member nations.

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  • Suhail P & Sreejesh S, 2011. "The bilateral trade agreements and export performance of South Asian nations with special reference to India Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 14(42), pages 115-130, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:42:p:115-130

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    1. Guglielmo Caporale & Christophe Rault & Robert Sova & Anamaria Sova, 2009. "On the bilateral trade effects of free trade agreements between the EU-15 and the CEEC-4 countries," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer;Institut für Weltwirtschaft (Kiel Institute for the World Economy), vol. 145(2), pages 189-206, July.
    2. I. -H. Cheng & Y. -Y. Tsai, 2008. "Estimating the staged effects of regional economic integration on trade volumes," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(3), pages 383-393.
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    Regional trade agreements; SAARC; regression; panel data; intra regional trade.;

    JEL classification:

    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations


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