Are Regional Trade Agreements in Asia Stumbling or Building Blocks? Implications for the Mekong-3 Countries

Author/Editor:

Patrizia Tumbarello

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Is the recent proliferation of Regional Trade Agreements (RTAs) in Asia a healthy development, or runs the risk of turning into an unmanageable "noodle bowl" in the future? The goal of this paper is to shed some light on this question. The results show that membership in the Asian RTAs considered in this study have not, to date, occurred at the expense of trade with nonmembers, as most Asian countries' integration with the global economy preceded regional integration. However, looking forward, given their discriminatory nature, a proliferation of RTAs, which is not accompanied by continuing unilateral and multilateral liberalization, could run the risk of leading to costly trade diversion.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/53

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451866179/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007053

Price:

$18.00 (Academic Rate:$18.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

27

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