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Regional Trade Integration and WTO Accession: Which is the Right Sequencing? An Application to the CIS

Author/Editor: Tumbarello, Patrizia
Authorized for Distribution: May 1, 2005
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Summary: This paper analyzes the appropriate sequencing between accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the implementation of the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) customs union and whether the latter facilitates or delays WTO accession for some member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). If EAEC members pursue a coordinated approach toward WTO accession, this may cause delays that benefit some countries at the expense of others. The paper simulates the welfare effects resulting from the two sequencing alternatives (customs union and WTO or the reverse). The results show that, from a consumer surplus standpoint, it would be preferable to join the WTO ahead of the EAEC customs union. This paper does not attempt to assess the welfare implications of joining the EAEC as a political and economic entity, but only the welfare implications resulting from the implementation of the EAEC customs union.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 05/94
Subject(s): Trade Relations | Armenia | Azerbaijan | Georgia | Kyrgyz Republic | Moldova | Tajikistan | Uzbekistan | World Trade Organization | Trade liberalization | Trade integration
Author's keyword(s): Trade Liberalization; CIS
 
English  
    Published:   May 1, 2005        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2005094   Pages:   26
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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