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Fiji's exports and comparative advantage

Gani, Azmat and Prasad, Biman C. (2007) Fiji's exports and comparative advantage. Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji, 5 (1). pp. 28-41. ISSN 1728-7456

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In this paper, an index of revealed comparative advantage (IRCA) is computed for Fiji's twelve major export products at the three-digit level of the Standard International Trade Classification for the period 1988-2001. Our results provide confirmation of Fiji having comparative advantages in its resource based products, namely sugar, canned fish, fresh fish, dalo, wood chips, gold, and manufactured goods such as textiles, garments and footwear. Our results also confirm that the comparative advantage position weakened for canned fish and gold over time while that for sugar, fresh fish, wood chips and garments strengthened over the post 1987. Interestingly, our IRCA scores reveal that yaqona, copra and coconut oil do not have any comparative advantages.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics (FBE) > School of Economics
Depositing User: Ms Mereoni Camailakeba
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2007 01:48
Last Modified: 24 May 2012 05:21

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