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Part I: Regional economic cooperation in South Asia
Chapter 1: Regional trade agreements: trends, taxonomy and motivation
Proliferation of regional trade agreements in the world economy
Regional trade agreements: taxonomy
Motivations to form regional trade agreements
Pre-conditions and key principles for successful regional integration
Chapter 2: Regional trade agreements in South Asia
Legal basis of RTAs in South Asia
Chapter 3: Regional economic cooperation in South Asia: a literature review
Recent literature on regional trade cooperation worldwide
The debate on RTAs: arguments in favor and against
The ‘natural trading partner’ hypothesis as a criterion for the success of RTAs
Regional trade cooperation in South Asia: earlier and recent studies
The desirability of the South Asian Free Trade Area
Chapter 4: Regional trade in South Asia: findings from three indices
South Asia in the world
Trade intensity index
Index of revealed comparative advantage
Trade complementarity index
Chapter 5: Gravity analysis of South Asia's free trade
Augmented gravity model of South Asian trade
Results and discussion
Chapter 6: What do GTAP evaluations reveal about regionalism in South Asia?
Pigato et al. (1997)
Bandara and Yu (2003)
Asaduazzaman et al. (2003)
Hossain and Selim (2007)
Raihan and Razzaque (2007)
Ganesh-Kumar and Saini (2009)
Chapter 7: Trade facilitation concerns in South Asia: the case of selected agro-food industries
South Asian integration and economic policy space
Agricultural exports, non-tariff measures and trade facilitation in South Asia
Indian commodity studies
Chapter 8: The impact of the India-Sri Lanka FTA: prospects for a comprehensive economic partnership agreement
Main provisions of ISFTA
Trade impact of ISFTA
Structure of Indian and Sri Lankan exports in the post-ISFTA period
Potential areas of cooperation for trade in services
Part II: Special studies on Indian industry
Chapter 9: The Hatch-Waxman Act and Indian pharmaceutical firms: an analysis
Principal provisions of the HWA
The significance of the HWA for Indian pharma companies
Recent case law in the HWA
Case law and Indian pharmaceutical firms
Conclusion and recommendations
Chapter 10: Non-tariff measures and their impact: Indiaâ€™s textiles and clothing exports
NTMs and India
Approach and methodology
Results and discussion
Ad valorem equivalents of NTMs
Conclusion and direction for future research
Chapter 11: Cluster dynamics and performance in traditional industries: critical review of lock, brassware and glassware industries in north India
Aligarh lock industry
Firozabad glass industry
Moradabad brassware industry
Discussion on clusters
Part III: Conclusion
Chapter 12: Conclusion
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.
- Provides a detailed analysis of the prospects and impact of regional economic cooperation in South Asia through alternative approaches
- Draws on the author’s rich experience in the field of economics and trade to assess the prospects and impact of RTA/FTA
- Contributions are presented from highly knowledgeable and rich experienced researchers in the field
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.
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- © Chandos Publishing 2012
- 7th December 2011
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Dr Gordhan K. Saini currently is an assistant professor at the School of Management and Labour Studies of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He completed his MBA, PGDRD and PhD degrees, and then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai. He has over eight years’ experience in development project implementation, management teaching and research and industry including as an academic associate at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.
School of Management and Labour Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India
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