What is the Trade Response of the Regional Grouping in the GCC Countries?

The SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economic Research, Bangkok Thailand, June 2011

25 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2012  

Ruhul Salim

Curtin University - Curtin Business School; Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics

Nasser Al-Mawali

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: June 16-18, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines whether the GCC exerted any trade enhancing impact on its members by employing a standard augmented gravity model. Panel data sets are constructed over the period of 1980 to 2008 for imports and exports of the bloc’s main trading partners along with GCC countries. Several diagnostic tests were run to check and rectify possible problems of heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation as well as cross-sectional dependence. The principal findings of Prais-Winsten regression, panel-specific AR(1) and contemporaneous correlation, suggest that the trade enhancing effect of the bloc is significant.

Keywords: GCC, Gravity model, Trade effect, Contemporaneous correlation, Prais-Winsten regression

JEL Classification: F15

Suggested Citation

Salim, Ruhul and Al-Mawali, Nasser, What is the Trade Response of the Regional Grouping in the GCC Countries? (June 16-18, 2011). The SIBR Conference on Interdisciplinary Business & Economic Research, Bangkok Thailand, June 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2027774 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2027774

Ruhul Salim (Contact Author)

Curtin University - Curtin Business School ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, WA WA
Australia

Curtin University - Centre for Research in Applied Economics ( email )

GPO Box U1987
Perth, Western Australia 6845
Australia

Nasser Al-Mawali

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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