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Journal of Economic Integration 2018 September;33(3) :538-571.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.11130/jei.2018.33.3.538
The Role of Regional Trade Agreements
: in the Case of India
Manoj Pant and 
Anusree Paul 
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, India
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Corresponding Author: Anusree Paul ,Tel: 91-8390856012, Fax: 91-11-26717586, Email: anusree.paul@gmail.com
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ABSTRACT
A Regional Trade Agreements is expected to increase the intra-regional trade volume and welfare of countries. We argue that a formation of Regional Trade Agreements is an endogenous process in the case of India in the model incorporating both inter- and intraindustry trade. Our Results suggest that a Regional Trade Arrangement is encouraging trade only when the partner countries are already sharing great trade volume. For India, its engagements with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and East Asia per se are unlikely to boost trade.

JEL Classification
C33: Models with Panel Data; Longitudinal Data; Spatial Time Series
F14: Empirical Studies of Trade
F55: International Institutional Arrangements
Keywords: Trade | Regional trade agreements | Political economy | Control function approach
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