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2Department of Economics, School of Business and Economics, MoiUniversity, P.O Box 3900-30100, Eldoret, Kenya.
3Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, P.O. Box 2500, Eldoret, Kenya.
This study reexamines the behaviour of aggregate import demand function for COMESA using the Johansen Juselius multivariate cointegration approach and error correction mechanism on the annual data for the period 1970 to 2006. Empirical evidence show that aggregate imports, gross domestic product, unit value of imports, prices of domestically produced goods, foreign exchange reserves and the dummy variable to capture the effect of import liberalization are cointegrated. There is a long run equilibrium relationship among variables and the stability tests indicate that the aggregate import demand function remains stable over the sample period and the estimated results are appropriate for policy implication. The estimation of an error correction mechanism enables the separation of the short-run and long-run elements of this relationship. Results show that aggregate import demand is largely explained by real GDP, foreign exchange reserves, prices of domestically produced goods but less sensitive to import prices.
How to cite this article:Clive Mairura, Mark Korir and T. Anthoney Swamy. 2016. A Reexamination of COMESA’s Aggregate Import Demand Function: Multivariate Cointegration ApproachInt.J.Curr.Res.Aca.Rev. 4(5): 66-83