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Leveraging trade opportunities with non-traditional partners: the Malaysia–GCC perspective


Devadason, Evelyn Shyamala and Baharumshah, Ahmad Zubaidi and Subramaniam, Thirunaukarasu (2014) Leveraging trade opportunities with non-traditional partners: the Malaysia–GCC perspective. The Pacific Review, 27 (1). pp. 97-122. ISSN 0951-2748; ESSN: 1470-1332


This paper examines the impact of economic factors on bilateral trade flows between Malaysia and the GCC through estimations of panel data using a gravity model. In particular, the paper compares the determinants of bilateral trade and trade potentials between Malaysia and two regions, the non-traditional Gulf alliance and the traditional ASEAN counterpart, to provide insights for leveraging opportunities through trade with the former. The gravity estimates imply the importance of size effects, similarities in GDP and differences in factor endowments as drivers of trade flows between Malaysia and the GCC, underlying the fact that inter-industry trade dominates these flows. The opposite holds in the case for the Malaysia–ASEAN trade. Though export potentials for industrial products per se appear exhausted in trade with both regions, the Gulf region provides opportunities for Malaysia to export quantity-based final (end-use) products and to diversify its exporting strategy away from quality-based parts and components.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Graduate School of Management
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/09512748.2013.848377
Publisher: Routledge
Keywords: Trade structure; Inter-industry trade; Panel gravity; GCC; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2015 01:24
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2016 08:30
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/34374
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