Mercosul and Regional Development in Brazil: A Gravity Model Approach
33 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2005
This paper assesses the impact of the Mercosul Preferential Trade Agreement on Brazil's regions by means of a gravity model, extended to include dummy variables for Mercosul and for a Brazilian region. The results show that the most significant regional impacts of Mercosul were on Brazil's Southern and Southeastern regions, whereas the North, Northeast and Center-West regions benefited much less from Mercosul in the period from 1990 to 1998. These results suggest that Mercosul may be aggravating regional disparities in Brazil.
Keywords: Mercosur, regional development, Gravity Model
JEL Classification: F15, R15
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