South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, Vol 10, No 1 (2007)

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Intra-industry trade: a methodology to test the automobile industry in South Africa

Maylene Damoense, André C Jordaan


This paper provides a study of the theory and empirical evidence of intra-industry trade (IIT) and relates it specifically to South Africa’s automobile industry. The automobile industry in South Africa is a key sector within the national economy and has experienced increased trade and foreign investment in recent years, and thus represents an important case study of IIT. In view of this, the paper proposes a methodology that may be used in future to assess the pattern and determinants of IIT between South Africa and its main trading partners in the automobile industry.

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