The United States and the New Regionalism/ Bilateralism

Author/Editor:

Alvin Hilaire ; Yongzheng Yang

Publication Date:

October 1, 2003

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Current U.S. trade policy stresses establishing free trade areas (FTAs) with partners spanning the globe. Motivations include enhancing goods and services trade; stimulating investment flows; extending standards on intellectual property rights, labor, and the environment; and addressing geopolitical concerns. Simulations of FTAs with the United States highlight the importance of trade complementarity, trade diversion, and welfare losses for nonmembers. Agriculture and textiles play a central role in determining welfare outcomes. Initial improvement in market access enjoyed by participants could be eroded progressively as global liberalization proceeds, and this preference erosion might act as a disincentive to participate in multilateral liberalization.

Series:

Working Paper No. 03/206

Subject:

Frequency:

Quarterly

English

Publication Date:

October 1, 2003

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451874624/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2062003

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

26

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