A GRAVITY MODEL APPROACH TO ANALYZING THE TRADE PERFORMANCE OF CARICOM MEMBER STATES
Antonio Alleyne () and
Troy Lorde ()
Applied Econometrics and International Development, 2014, vol. 14, issue 2
This study examines the trade flows in commodities for CARICOM countries through the utilization of the traditional gravity model for international trade. Per capita GDP differential, trade to GDP and language all impact trade positively. On the other hand, geographical distance, exchange rate and unexpectedly, historical trade relationships have negative effects on trade. The results suggest that management of the exchange rate is critical and that CARICOM countries may be served better by trading with countries with higher living standards.
Keywords: CARICOM; gravity model; bilateral trade; economic integration. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F10 F14 F15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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