Prospects of Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia: With Special Studies on indian Industry

Prospects of Regional Economic Cooperation in South Asia: With Special Studies on indian Industry

by Gordhan Saini

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ISBN-13: 9781780633305
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 12/07/2011
Series: Chandos Asian Studies Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 298
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

List of acronyms

About the author

List of contributors


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



Bilateral arrangements

Multilateral/inter-regional agreements

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)

Tennakoon (2000)

Siriwardana (2002)

Bandara and Yu (2003)

Asaduazzaman et al. (2003)

Mohanty (2005)

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: India’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

Part I

Part II



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