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Journal of Economic Integration 2004 December;19(4) :651-666.
Economic Integration and the Evolution of Trade: A Geometric Interpretation of Trade Measures

Abdul K.M. Azhar Robert J.R. Elliott 

Universiti Putra Malaysia
University of Manchester
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The increase in global trade and the ongoing erosion of trade barriers makes the analysis of trade patterns one of the key areas in international economics. Much of the post-war expansion of trade took the form of intra-industry trade (IIT). This paper presents a simple geometric tool to analyse trade patterns specifically inter and intra-industry trade and the compatibility between levels and measures of IIT. The applicability our methodology is demonstrated using the UKs trade experience during the critical period of EU integration 1988-1997.

JEL Classification: F19

Keywords: globalisation | international trade | intra-industry trade
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2. Greenaway, D. and Milner, C.R. (1986), The Economics of Intra-Industry Trade. Basil Blackwell. Oxford.
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