International Integration and the Structure of Exports in Central Asian Republics

Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 604-622, 2008

29 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2008  

Martin Myant

University of the West of Scotland

Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: November 4, 2008

Abstract

The break-up of the Soviet Union led to a collapse in Central Asian Republics' external economic relations. Subsequent international integration is followed with a framework and methods applied to East-Central Europe. Results show a move towards increasing reliance on raw materials with no specific international ties. Exports of complex manufactured goods, generally to specific countries, are very low, as are their quality indicators. The Uzbek motor industry may not have a secure future. Differences between countries are small, despite substantial differences in policy orientations, suggesting that an unwelcoming atmosphere for foreign business restricts international integration of manufacturing industry.

Keywords: Central Asia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Eurasian Economic Community, economics of transition, economic development, foreign trade, GDP, international integration, composition of exports, autarkic industrialization

JEL Classification: F14, F40, O11, P50

Suggested Citation

Myant, Martin and Drahokoupil, Jan, International Integration and the Structure of Exports in Central Asian Republics (November 4, 2008). Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 49, No. 5, pp. 604-622, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1295354

Martin Myant

University of the West of Scotland ( email )

Paisley High Street
PA1 2BE
Paisley, Scotland PA1 2BE
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.paisley.ac.uk/schoolsdepts/business/cces/researchers/martin-myant.asp

Jan Drahokoupil (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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