Free Trade Among South, East and South-East Asian Countries a Step towards Asian Integration

Foreign Trade Review, Vol. XLIV, No. 2, July-September 2009

31 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2010 Last revised: 20 Jan 2015

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Shahid Ahmed

Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University) - Economics

Abstract

This study investigates the potential trade flows between countries of South, East and South East Asian region as a result of tariff liberalization using the GTAP-model. The study reveals that tariff liberalization has positive effects on all country groupings of South, East and South East Asian nations, with no or nominal negative effect on rest of the world. The study finds that engagement of South Asian region is crucial for Asian regionalism if the goal is to maximize welfare of people in this region. The present study reveals that there is a huge unrealized potential in the countries of this region and free trade will be welfare enhancing, hence there is a need to explore greater cooperation in South, East and South East Asian region like the EU.

Keywords: Computable General Equilibrium Models, Economic Integration, GTAP

JEL Classification: C68, F1, F13, F14, F17

Suggested Citation

Ahmed, Shahid, Free Trade Among South, East and South-East Asian Countries a Step towards Asian Integration. Foreign Trade Review, Vol. XLIV, No. 2, July-September 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1693745

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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