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Title:Trade liberalization and intra-regional trade: a case of selected ECOWAS countries
Author:Shuaibu, Mohammed
Year:2015
Periodical:African Development Review (ISSN 1467-8268)
Volume:27
Issue:1
Pages:27-40
Language:English
Geographic term:West Africa
Subjects:ECOWAS
international trade
trade restrictions
economic models
Link:https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8268.12120
Abstract:This paper conducts an empirical investigation of the relationship between trade liberalization and intra-ECOWAS trade in selected economies. Using system and difference generalized method of moments, findings show that trade liberalization has contributed to intra-regional trade in West Africa. The results also show that better institutional quality and infrastructure are associated with higher intra-ECOWAS trade. Furthermore, using fixed and random effect estimators the findings were validated, thus reinforcing support to the hypothesis that removal of trade restrictions particularly in the manufacturing and primary sectors, good governance and infrastructural developments enhance trade amongst ECOWAS countries. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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