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Tangled up in a spaghetti bowl - trade effects of overlapping preferential trade agreements in Africa

Fergin, Elina LU (2012) NEKH01 20112
Department of Economics
Abstract
Overlapping trade agreements in Africa are often brought up as an obstacle to the trade effect of preferential integration and referred to as the spaghetti bowl. The problem has not been investigated empirically before although it is often discussed by observers of the African economy. The purpose of this study is to describe the spaghetti bowl in Africa and to assess its impact on the effect of preferential integration with the help of a gravity model. The data cover intra-Africa bilateral trade flows for Africa’s 53 countries. The study could not provide evidence of a negative effect of overlapping agreements on preferential integration and hence trade.
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author
Fergin, Elina LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKH01 20112
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
spaghetti bowl, Africa trade, gravity model, preferential integration, regional integration
language
English
id
2296032
date added to LUP
2012-02-02 08:58:26
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2012-02-02 08:58:26
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  abstract     = {Overlapping trade agreements in Africa are often brought up as an obstacle to the trade effect of preferential integration and referred to as the spaghetti bowl. The problem has not been investigated empirically before although it is often discussed by observers of the African economy. The purpose of this study is to describe the spaghetti bowl in Africa and to assess its impact on the effect of preferential integration with the help of a gravity model. The data cover intra-Africa bilateral trade flows for Africa’s 53 countries. The study could not provide evidence of a negative effect of overlapping agreements on preferential integration and hence trade.},
  author       = {Fergin, Elina},
  keyword      = {spaghetti bowl,Africa trade,gravity model,preferential integration,regional integration},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tangled up in a spaghetti bowl - trade effects of overlapping preferential trade agreements in Africa},
  year         = {2012},
}