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The gravity approach for modeling international trade patterns for economies in transition

Tiiu Paas

International Advances in Economic Research, 2000, vol. 6, issue 4, 633-648

Abstract: The advantages of using the gravity approach for modeling transition processes in foreign trade are the ability of gravity models to explain international trade patterns under the conditions of comparatively little data and for validity of theoretical background of the model to the economies in transition. Both advantages are important when modeling transition processes. The results from using the gravity approach to explore the international trade patterns of Estonia as a country with a small, open, and comparatively successful transitional economy allow us to conclude that economies in transition should look for a regional niche to penetrate into the world market. Estonia has an excellent potential to develop trade relations within the Baltic Sea region (Baltic Rim) countries. Estonia's situation is certainly not unique, and conclusions presented in this paper could be applied to analyses of international trade patterns in other economies in transition. Copyright International Atlantic Economic Society 2000

Date: 2000
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DOI: 10.1007/BF02295374

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