Potential for Trade between Developing and Least Developed Countries: A CGE Analysis

Trade and Development Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 122-143, 2008

22 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2010 Last revised: 28 Mar 2011

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Shahid Ahmed

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) - Economics

Date Written: 2008

Abstract

This study investigates the potential trade flows between developing (DCs) and least developed countries (LDCs) as a result of tariff liberalization using a computable general equilibrium model called the GTAP-model. Both unilateral and bilateral tariff liberalization has been examined and compared on certain key variables such as welfare, employment, exports, imports and output. Results reveal positive effects for both country groups without significant negative effect on developed countries. Results also indicate that tariff reduction will be welfare enhancing for both LDCs and DCs with net positive effect on global welfare. While the present exercise is illustrative, it nevertheless reveals useful implications and emphasizes on reorientation of trade policies in LDCs and DCs towards greater cooperation to optimize gains from trade.

Keywords: South-South Trade, Computable General Equilibrium, GTAP, Simulation Scenarios, Simulation Outcomes

JEL Classification: F1, F15, F17, C68

Suggested Citation

Ahmed, Shahid, Potential for Trade between Developing and Least Developed Countries: A CGE Analysis (2008). Trade and Development Review, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 122-143, 2008 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1693543

Shahid Ahmed (Contact Author)

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) - Economics ( email )

Jamia Nagar
New Delhi, 110025
India

HOME PAGE: http://jmi.ac.in/economics/faculty-members/Prof_Shahid_Ahmed-1783

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