Gains and Losses of India-China Trade Cooperation - A Gravity Model Impact Analysis
32 Pages Posted: 10 May 2007
Date Written: April 2007
As revealed by the trade intensity indices, India and the People's Republic of China have significant bilateral trade potential, which has remained unexplored until now. These countries are presently negotiating for bilateral free-trade arrangements based on their complementarities. This paper makes an attempt to estimate the likely benefits in terms of gains or losses in imports of both India and China due to different preferential trading arrangements and free-trade arrangements using the gravity model. Empirical results show that in the short run India's potential gain is relatively lower compared to China's because of its high tariffs but in the long run, India's gains are higher than China's once its tariff levels are brought at par with them. Free-trade arrangement is a win-win situation for both countries and is consistent with their growing dominance in international trade.
Keywords: PTAs, FTA, gravity model, trade intensity indices, India- People Republic of China, bilateral trade flows, trade creation and trade diversion
JEL Classification: F02, F04, F13, F14, F15
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