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Trade and Income Convergence in Selected South Asian Countries and Their Trading Partners

Ahmed Nawaz Hakro and Bashir Fida ()

Lahore Journal of Economics, 2009, vol. 14, issue 2, 49-70

Abstract: This paper analyzes trade among and the convergence of per capita income for India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. The extent of trade and its relationship with the magnitude of income convergence is studied among these countries and their trading partners. We use intra-trade convergence and the difference-in-differences approach for the estimations. The results demonstrate that an increase in trade between the groups decreases the per capita income differential. Our results suggest that trade liberalization policies could be effective in achieving convergence. More importantly, we find that the per capita income of our source countries converged more rapidly under post-liberalization regimes than pre-liberalization regimes.

Keywords: Intra-trade; income convergence; per capita income; South Asia. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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