Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/3415
Authors: 
Laaser, Claus-Friedrich
Schrader, Klaus
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
Kiel Working Paper 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: 
Eastern enlargement
Regional integration
Gravity model
Baltic trade patterns
JEL: 
N74
F14
F15
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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