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Accords commerciaux régionaux, commerce intra-zone et Petites économies insulaires en développement

Laurent Didier

Revue d’économie du développement, 2020, vol. 28, issue 1, 107-141

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to evaluate empirically the impact of the regional trade agreements of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on bilateral trade flows between SIDS and other member countries at the aggregated and disaggregated level over the period 1962?2014. We focused our estimates on raw materials due to their strong concentration in the trade specialization of most SIDS. Based on a panel data structural gravity model, we find a heterogeneous effect of these regional trade agreements on intra-zone trade flows for SIDS. These results vary depending on the type of trade agreement (non-reciprocal, reciprocal), the stage of development of trading partners (North-South, South-South), and the products in question. Trade integration through these trade agreements seems to have a mixed impact on the intra-zone raw materials trade of SIDS.

Keywords: regional trade agreements; SIDS; Intra-zone trade; ACP countries; gravity model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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