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Assessing the Global Readiness of Arab Countries to Join the WTO: A Multivariate Analysis

Abdulrazzak Charbaji (King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia)
Hassan Refdan Alhajhoj (King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia)

Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences

ISSN: 1026-4116

Article publication date: 1 June 2008



In view of recent calls for an improvement in trade among Arab countries and the need to build a model for the involvement of Arab countries in the global economy, the present study evaluates a set of more than 30 macro‐level variables for economic, social, political, legal, and quality‐of‐life parameters across more than 120 developing countries. Ninety four countries are then segmented on the basis of factor analysis and cluster analysis. These segments can be used by policy‐makers and decision‐makers to discern strategic priorities. In addition, Arab policy‐makers can use these clusters for vertical and horizontal economic integration and for recommendations related to direct investment. This study should provide a strategic framework for building economic blocs and for causal explanations of the variations in country ratings as a proxy for the readiness of Arab countries to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).



Charbaji, A. and Refdan Alhajhoj, H. (2008), "Assessing the Global Readiness of Arab Countries to Join the WTO: A Multivariate Analysis", Journal of Economic and Administrative Sciences, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 1-14.



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