Elena Makrevska Disoska – Faculty of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Irena Kikerkova – Faculty of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Katerina Toshevska – Trpchevska – Faculty of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Jasna Tonovska – Faculty of Economics – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia

Keywords:
Intra-EU trade;
Gravity model;
Measure of Aggregate Trade
Restrictions

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.S.P.2023.61

Abstract: The objective of this paper is to explore the factors that stimulate trade among EU countries and pinpoint areas that require improvement to foster a further increase in trade intensity within the region. The focus is on the effect of aggregate trade restrictions, which are based on the nov­el indicator Measure of Aggregate Trade Restrictions (MATR), developed by the IMF. The empirical analysis consists of the estimation of a gravity panel model for the 28 EU member countries (including Great Britain) for the peri­od from 1999-2020, by implementing both Ordinary least squares (OLS) and Poisson Pseudo Maximum Likelihood (PPML) estimators. The results show that the Eurozone membership has positive effects on increasing intra-EU trade, whereas the MATR indicator has significant negative effects, suggest­ing that the elimination of the remaining trade restrictions could lead to a further boost of intra-EU trade.

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Makrevska Disoska, E., Kikerkova, I., Toshevska – Trpchevska, K., & Tonovska, J. (2023). Exploring the Drivers and Constraints in Intra-EU Trade In V. Bevanda (Ed.), International Scientific Conference – EMAN 2023: Vol 7. Selected Papers (pp. 61-71). Association of Economists and Managers of the Balkans. https://doi.org/10.31410/EMAN.S.P.2023.61

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