Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/48295
Authors: 
Afesorgbor, Sylvanus Kwaku
van Bergeijk, Peter A.G.
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Berlin 2011 1
Abstract: 
Using a gravity model for 35 countries and the years 1995-2006 we estimate the impact of regional trade agreements in Africa (in particular ECOWAS and SADC) and compare this to the a benchmark of North South trade integration (Europe's preferential trade agreement). We find that - ECOWAS and SADC membership significantly increases bilateral trade flows (and by more than for example preferential trade agreements with the EU do), - SADC membership has a stronger impact compared to ECOWAS and - that the impact of multi-membership critically depends on the characteristics of the overlapping RTA We find a positive impact if an additional membership complements the integration process of the original RTA: overlapping memberships had a significant positive effect on bilateral trade within the ECOWAS bloc but it is insignificant for SADC.
Subjects: 
Sub Sahara Africa
regional economic integration
South-South trade
North-South trade intra-regional trade
gravity model
international trade
multi-membership
Document Type: 
Conference Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
832.87 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.