The Arab Maghreb Union: the "Cost of Non Maghreb" and Sectoral Prospects
International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences
Volume 1, Issue 6, December 2013, Pages: 285-291
Received: Aug. 30, 2013; Published: Oct. 20, 2013
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Adnen OUESLATI, PhD in Economics, Business and Economics University of Tunis
Riadh BRINI, PhD in Economics, Business and Economics University of Tunis
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Abstract
The aim of the paper is to find out the “No Maghreb” cost as untapped opportunities of intra regional trade and to check the existence of comparative advantages in the Maghreb region. We use panel data with gravity model to study the relationship between total exports and factors affecting them, as well as, the exports by sector and their determinants for a sample of 57 countries, between, 1980-2007. The goal is to point out the total exports potential as a proxy of the “No Maghreb” cost. The study also allows establishing whether there are comparative advantages among the region countries. The results show the weak level of intra regional trade comparing to its potential. They also demonstrate that Maghreb countries have similarities and disparities according to some comparative advantages. This contributes to encourage intra regional trade and improve trade perspectives in Maghreb.
Keywords
Trade Integration, No Cost Maghreb, Comparative Advantage, Potential Commercial Model Gravity
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Adnen OUESLATI, Riadh BRINI, The Arab Maghreb Union: the "Cost of Non Maghreb" and Sectoral Prospects, International Journal of Economics, Finance and Management Sciences. Vol. 1, No. 6, 2013, pp. 285-291. doi: 10.11648/j.ijefm.20130106.14
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