Volume 20, Issue 1-2, March 2016
TRADE POTENTIAL OF CLIMATE SMART GOODS OF VIETNAM: AN APPLICATION OF GRAVITY MODEL
Authors: Vu Van Trung, Nguyen Anh Thu
Abstract: This paper examines the trade potential of climate smart goods (CSG) of Vietnam. In particular, the study employs gravity model with panel data for bilateral trade between Vietnam and its 45 partners from 2002 to 2013 with an objective of identifying the determinants explaining Vietnam’s trade of climate smart products. The estimation results reveal that economic size, market size, distance, real exchange rate, border, and the quality of infrastructure of both Vietnam and its trading partners play a major role in bilateral trade of CSG. Additionally, the paper applies the method using speed of convergence and the estimated gravity equation to answer whether Vietnam has fully realized the potential trade of CSG. Accordingly, Vietnam has strong opportunity for trade expansion with 19 out of 45 countries in the scope of this paper.
Keywords: climate smart goods (CSG), gravity model, trade potential, Vietnam
Article info: 8-18
Received: June 28, 2015 | Revised: September 22, 2015 | Accepted: March 16, 2016