Intra-Industry Trade of Arab Countries : An Indicator of Potential Competitiveness

Recent and ongoing agreements to liberalize trade between the European Union (EU) and Arab countries raises the question as to how the latter will fare in a more competitive environment. This paper uses the Grubel-Lloyd intra-industry trade (IIT) index as an indicator of the degree of industrial spe...

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Main Author: Kunzel, Peter
Other Authors: Havrylyshyn, Oleh
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: Washington, D.C. International Monetary Fund 1997, 1997
Series:IMF Working Papers; Working Paper
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Collection: International Monetary Fund - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Summary:Recent and ongoing agreements to liberalize trade between the European Union (EU) and Arab countries raises the question as to how the latter will fare in a more competitive environment. This paper uses the Grubel-Lloyd intra-industry trade (IIT) index as an indicator of the degree of industrial specialization to study Arab countries' ability to compete in a more open trade setting. It concludes that whereas increased specialization has been achieved over the last decade in Arab countries, IIT remains low not only in absolute terms, but even in a cross-country comparison, when normalized for the level of development
Physical Description:26 p.
ISBN:9781451973167
1451973160