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Title:The Baltic States' integration into the European division of labour PDF Logo
Authors:Laaser, Claus-Friedrich
Schrader, Klaus
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Kieler Arbeitspapiere 1234
Abstract:The analysis of Baltic trade statistics and gravity estimates reveal that Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have rapidly integrated into the international division of labour with a distinct EU focus. The Baltic States have taken a road towards the EU common market which pays particular attention to close trade relations with their immediate neighbours in the Baltic Sea Region. The Baltic Sea obviously serves as a major integrating device for these countries. At the same time the Baltic States, although being no longer integrated into the former intra-Soviet division of labour, have not abandoned their contacts to the Soviet successor states altogether. Accordingly, they still have the potential to serve as a gateway from Europe to the CIS markets.
Subjects:Baltic trade patterns
Eastern enlargement
Regional integration
Gravity model
JEL:N74
F14
F15
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des IfW
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