[TimorLesteStudies] Analysis of International Trade of Timor-Leste: A Gravity Model Approach

Robin robin_araska at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 24 03:27:08 EST 2010

Research Paper: 'Analysis of International Trade of Timor-Leste: A Gravity Model Approach', 2010.
By: Robin Jong, MA Graduate of International Development Program,International University of Japan.
(Approved by Thesis Examining Committee). 
Abstract:This research paper applies the modified gravity model (an econometric model) to examine the regional trade pattern, its determinants and the impacts of trade between Timor-Leste and its trading partners.
This paper suggests that distance affects the trade flows negatively, implying that the trade resistance factors, such as transportation costs, trade facilitation, and trade access barriers have higher
 negative impact on trade flow than expected. The economic size of trade partners and South East Asian regional trade affect the trade flow positively.
Based on these results, several policy implications are discussed in the conclusion.
------------------------This paper is available in pdf format upon request, please send request email to:jrobin27 at iuj.ac.jp / robin_araska at yahoo.com

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