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Title: Regionalization of textile trade : evidence from the EU, NAFTA, AFTA, and SAPTA
Authors: Tsang, WY
Au, KF
Issue Date: 2008
Source: International trade journal, v. 22, no. 4, p. 457-483
Abstract: This study examines the integration effects of four regional trading agreements (RTAs) respectively the EU, NAFTA, AFTA, and SAPTA on textile fabric trade from 1990–2005. A modified gravity model for analyzing textile trade was first generated by the fixed-effects method. Regional dummy variables were then used to identify trade creation and trade diversion effects arising from the RTAs. The results indicated that neither trade creation nor trade diversion effects existed in the EU textile trade. Trade creation in terms of imports was identified in NAFTA and SAPTA. There is no indication of shifting textiles trade from the rest of the world to the member countries with the implementation of these two free trade areas (FTAs). On the contrary, trade diversion was recognised some years after AFTA's enactment. It represents a movement towards free trade and is beneficial for the welfare of the world. This article provides empirical evidence on how textiles trade influenced by the formation of RTAs and elimination of quotas on textiles products.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Journal: International trade journal 
ISSN: 0885-3908 (print)
1521-0545 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.1080/08853900802387870
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