Analysis of Food Imports in a Highly Import Dependent Economy

Simeon Kaitibie* (Corresponding Author), Munshi Masudul Haq, Manitra A Rakotoarisoa

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    This analysis of food imports used an enhanced gravity model of trade, with food imports from approximately 136 countries from 2004 to 2014. Using improved panel data techniques, we show that total income, inflation in the food exporting country, corruption perception in the food exporting country, trade openness in the food exporting economy, GCC membership are important determinants of food imports by Qatar. In addition, we show that Qatari food imports mostly originate in countries with, on average, similar economic sizes. Finally, Qatar’s factor endowment is dissimilar to those of most of its trading partners, a situation that potentially fosters international food trade in accordance with the Heckscher–Ohlin theory of trade.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalReview of Middle East Economics and Finance
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Sep 2017


    • determinants of trade
    • food imports
    • gravity model
    • food security
    • Qatar
    • F14
    • Q18
    • O5


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