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U5123854

IDEC8008- Research Proposal

Research Proposal Student Name : Sophea Ly

Mar 2013 Student ID: u5123854

Course : Quantitative International Economics (IDEC 8010) Course Convenor : Professor Kaliappa Kalirajan Research Topic : Cambodias Economic Integration and Export Growth Analysis: Application of Stochastic Frontier Gravity Model

Introductory Background
Since emerging from war, over the last three decades, Cambodia has gradually transformed its economy from centrally-planned to market-based economy that favors investment, trades and private sector development within both regional and global context. In this direction, the speed of economic integration has gain momentum following Cambodia accession into ASEAN as the youngest member in 1999, and subsequent WTO membership as the least-development country in 2004.

Research hypothesis and question


Trade liberalization lead to Cambodia export growth and how the growth can be further analysed into different components of trade cost.

Methodology
Related Theoretical review of stochastic frontier gravity model,. export growth decomposition. Empirical analysis of data using cross-sectional trade data between two periods 2000-2011

U5123854

IDEC8008- Research Proposal

Key References

Kalijaran, K. (2010). "Sources of variation in export flows over time: a suggested methodology of measurement." International Journal of Business and Economics 9(2): 175-178. Khan, I. U. and K. Kalirajan (2011). "The impact of trade costs on exports: An empirical modeling." Economic Modelling 28(3): 1341-1347. Data sources
United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database, 2013 http://comtrade.un.org/db/ The world Bank, World Development Indicator http://data.worldbank.org/indicator International Monetary Fund, International Financial Statistics (IFS) http://elibrary-data.imf.org.virtual.anu.edu.au/