Macro-economic and trade link models of South Asian countries: an investigation for regional trade expansion

Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2006) Macro-economic and trade link models of South Asian countries: an investigation for regional trade expansion. In: 35th Australian Conference of Economists (ACE 2006), 25-27 Sept 2006, Perth, Australia.


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The paper examines the macroeconomic structure of South Asian countries-Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It also explores the possibility of trade expansion among these countries by examining the macro-economic and regional trade link models based on time series data of 28 years. The study finds that there are inter-country differences in production and consumption patterns, investment behaviour, tax and non-tax structures in these countries. Hence there is a considerable scope for trade expansion among the South Asian countries. The study also confirms that aggregate regional consumption and regional GNP increase significantly with the increase of aggregate regional trade, and the consumption and income elasticities are 1.70 and 1.61 respectively. The study also exhibits that the GNP of Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with limited exceptions, are significantly increased with the increase of their exports to the region. So these countries would definitely be benefited from the regional trade expansion. The same may be true for India if the smuggled trade is prevented or reduced, and true economic factors, keeping aside political conflicts, dominate for regional trade policy.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics and Resource Management
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:39
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trade Expansion, South Asia, Macroeconomic and Trade Link Models, Time Series Data
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140212 Macroeconomics (incl. Monetary and Fiscal Theory)

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