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An Empirical Evaluation of Trade Potential in the Economic Community of West African States

E.O. Ogunkola

Working Papers from African Economic Research Consortium

Abstract: Intra-ECOWAS trade has remaines very low despite the integrations efforts in the subregion in the past two decades. While nothing that these efforts have not progressed as scheduled, this study investigates what the West African countries stand to gain by way of increases in intra-regional trade flows if all trade barriers are removed. The study uses a gravity model whose result suggest that there is trade potential in the subregion.

Keywords: TRADE; TRADE BARRIERS; AFRICA (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 33 pages
Date: 1998
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