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Analysis of Food Imports in a Highly Import Dependent Economy

  • Simeon Kaitibie EMAIL logo , Munshi Masudul Haq and Manitra A. Rakotoarisoa


This analysis of food imports used an enhanced gravity model of trade, with food imports from approximately 136 countries from 2004 to 2014. Using improved panel data techniques, we show that total income, inflation in the food exporting country, corruption perception in the food exporting country, trade openness in the food exporting economy, GCC membership are important determinants of food imports by Qatar. In addition, we show that Qatari food imports mostly originate in countries with, on average, similar economic sizes. Finally, Qatar’s factor endowment is dissimilar to those of most of its trading partners, a situation that potentially fosters international food trade in accordance with the Heckscher–Ohlin theory of trade.

JEL Classification: F14; Q18; O5


This publication was made possible by the NPRP award (NPRP 8-1040-5-148) from the Qatar National Research Fund (a member of Qatar Foundation). The statements made herein are solely the responsibility of the authors.


Appendix A Description of food chapters

1Live Animals
2Meat and Edible meat offals
3Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates
4Dairy produce; bird’s eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin
5Products of Animal origin,
6Live trees and other plants, bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage
7Edible vegetables and certain roots and Tubes
8Edible fruits and nuts; peel of citrus or melons
9Coffee, tea, mat and spices
11Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; insulin; wheat gluten
12Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medical plant; straw and fodder
13Lac; Gums; resins and other vegetables saps and extracts
14Vegetable plaiting materials, vegetables products
15Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetables waxes
16Preparations of meat, of fish or of crustaceans, molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates
17Sugar and sugar confectionery
18Cocoa and cocoa preparations
19Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk, pastry cooks’ products
20Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plant
21Miscellaneous edible preparations
22Beverages, spirits and vinegar


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