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Is Lebanon’s Trade Deficit Sustainable? A Cointegration Analysis

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  • Pattichis, Charalambos

    () (Cyprus International Institute of Management, Nicosia, Cyprus, and Lebanese American University, Beirut)

  • kanaan, Mona

    (The Open University, Department of Statistic)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the sustainability of Lebanon’s trade deficit over a period characterised by war and reconstruction. Annual and quarterly data on imports and exports were used. Unit root and cointegration tests suggest that imports and exports are cointegrated and the trade balance is stationary. These results carry the important implication that Lebanon’s trade deficit is sustainable.

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  • Pattichis, Charalambos & kanaan, Mona, 2001. "Is Lebanon’s Trade Deficit Sustainable? A Cointegration Analysis," Economia Internazionale / International Economics, Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Genova, vol. 54(1), pages 49-56.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:ecoint:0225
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    Cited by:

    1. Holmes, Mark J, 2003. "Are the Trade Deficits of Less Developed Countries Stationary?. Evidence for African Countries," Applied Econometrics and International Development, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 3(3).
    2. Mark J. Holmes, 2006. "Do Latin American Countries Have an Incentive to Default on Their External Debts?: A Perspective Based on Long-Run Current Account Behavior," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(1), pages 33-49, February.
    3. Mark J. Holmes, 2006. "Do Latin American Countries Have an Incentive to Default on Their External Debts?: A Perspective Based on Long-Run Current Account Behavior," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, M.E. Sharpe, Inc., vol. 42(1), pages 33-49, February.

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    Keywords

    Trade deficit sustainability; Lebanon; cointegration.;

    JEL classification:

    • F40 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - General
    • F41 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - Open Economy Macroeconomics

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