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An Empirical Analysis of Integration and Intra-Regional Trade in ECOWAS

Eme Dada () and Adegoke Adeleke

Journal of African Development, 2015, vol. 17, issue 1, 95-116

Abstract: This research examines integration and intra-regional trade in ECOWAS. It focuses on the benefit of common policies within ECOWAS and the impact it has on intraregional trade among member countries. The study utilizes a gravity model that is modified to reflect economic features of ECOWAS. Finds of the research show that economic size and common language are the major drivers of intra-regional trade in ECOWAS. Specifically, it indicates that real GDP, population size, openness and language positively influence intra-regional trade while distance was found to be negatively related to intra-ECOWAS trade. Deepening economic and cultural integration is recommended to maximise the enormous gains accruable from increased intra-regional trade.

Keywords: ECOWAS; Foreign Investment; Integration; Trade Agreements (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F02 F14 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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