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Regional Integration and Trade Cost in South Asia

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  • Banik, Nilankan
  • Gilbert, John

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Until now, amount of inter-country trade within South Asian nations have been low. While similarities in exports profile can be seen as a reason for this low value of trade it might not be a valid one, especially in presence of growing South Asian income. Intra-industry trade theory suggests that complementarity might actually increase trade in presence of a rising income. There can be other important factors, such as, trade costs. Using an augmented gravity model in a panel framework the authors try to identify the components of trade costs that might have resulted in lower inter-country South Asian trade. This paper was prepared for the Latin America/Caribbean and Asia/Pacific Economics and Business Association (LAEBA)'s 4th Annual Meeting held in Lima, Peru, on June 17, 2008.

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  • Banik, Nilankan & Gilbert, John, 2011. "Regional Integration and Trade Cost in South Asia," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 3681, Inter-American Development Bank.
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    Keywords

    Regional Integration; Trade Cost; South Asia; Gravity model; Fourth LAEBA Annual Meeting;
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    JEL classification:

    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models
    • F02 - International Economics - - General - - - International Economic Order and Integration
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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