Bilateral trade interdependence and political relations: evidence from Asia’s giants in the post-Cold War era

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics | Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis

Event details

PhD Seminar (Econ)

Date & time

Friday 13 September 2019


#132 Crawford Building, Seminar Room 1, Lennox Crossing, ANU


Vishesh Agarwal


Dr Ryan Edwards

Do political tensions impact trade flows between countries? Or do increased trade flows lead to a reduction of political conflict? Despite the large theoretical and empirical literature on the causal relationship between bilateral trade interdependence and political relations, little consensus has emerged. In this thesis proposal review seminar, the speaker will outline the nature of this problem and why it is important. He will then discuss the relevant literature to categorise the various theoretical perspectives on this topic and highlight remaining gaps in the empirical literature. To conclude, he will propose a research design to fill some of the highlighted gaps and present preliminary results.

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