Prospects of Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia

With Special Studies on indian Industry


  • Gordhan Saini, School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India

This book is aimed at researchers and students at graduate and post-graduate level in the field of economics and international trade. The book is written against the backdrop of sluggish progress of multilateral trade negotiations under the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) regime which has provided impetus to the signing of regional/bilateral trade agreements the world over. This book examines the prospects and impact of regional economic cooperation in the South Asia region using various approaches; and focuses specifically on the South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA). The book also includes special studies on Indian industries: pharmaceuticals, textiles and clothing, and traditional (i.e. lock, brassware and glassware) industries in north India.
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Researchers and students of graduate and post-graduate level in the field of economics, international trade and regional economic integration. Policy makers and industry people will also find this book to be of valued use in the field.


Book information

  • Published: December 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84334-614-2

Table of Contents

Part 1 Regional economic cooperation in South Asia: Regional trade agreements: Trends, taxonomy and motivation; Regional trade agreements in South Asia; Regional economic cooperation in South Asia: A literature review; Regional trade in South Asia: findings from three indices; Gravity analysis of South Asia’s free trade; What do GTAP evaluations reveal about regionalism in South Asia? Trade facilitation concerns in South Asia: The case of selected agro-food industries; The impact of the India-Sri Lanka FTA: Prospects for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement. Part 2 Special studies on Indian industry: The Hatch-Waxman Act and Indian pharmaceutical firms: An analysis; Non-tariff measures and their impact: India’s textiles and clothing exports; Cluster dynamics and performance in traditional industries: Critical review of lock, brassware and glassware industries in north India; Part 3 Conclusion: Conclusion.