Safta : Living in a World of Regional Trade Agreements

Author/Editor:

Jose Daniel Rodríguez-Delgado

Publication Date:

February 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper evaluates the South Asia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) within the global structure of overlapping regional trade agreements (RTAs) using a modified gravity equation. First, it examines the effects of the Trade Liberalization Program which started in 2006. SAFTA would have a minor effect on regional trade flows and the impact on custom duties would be a manageable fiscal shock for most members. Second, the paper ranks the trade effects of other potential RTAs for individual South Asian countries and SAFTA: RTAs with North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the European Union (EU) dominate one with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/23

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

February 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451865875/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007023

Format:

Paper

Pages:

25

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