Regional Integration and Development / Edition 1

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'Given the remarkable increase in regional integration agreements [RIAs] in the past decade, understanding of their economic rationale and consequences is essential. Schiff and Winters succeed admirably in covering the conceptual, empirical, and policy issues arising from RIAs in an informed, comprehensible, and accessible manner. Their book should be required reading for policy analysts, academics, and students concerned with evaluation of RIA initiatives.'
-- Robert M. Stern, Department of Economics and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan

'Regional Integration and Development' examines regionalism from the perspective of developing countries and presents a comprehensive account of existing theory and empirical results. This book incorporates the findings of formal analyses of the politics and dynamics of regionalism. It considers the relationship between regionalism and multilateralism and explores the economic advantages of nondiscriminatory trade liberalization, which the authors argue should be exploited to the maximum extent. The book also provides rules of thumb for regionalism, rules that are not inviolable but which should not be violated lightly. Designed as a practical guide for policymakers whose countries are considering membership in a trade bloc, this book will also be of interest to scholars and students of international trade.

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Foreign Affairs
Discriminatory trade arrangements have proliferated in recent years. Emulating earlier actions by the European Community, the United States has negotiated free trade deals with Canada, Chile, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, and Singapore and has begun discussions with a number of other countries. Many developing countries have formed "regional integration agreements" (RIAs) among themselves. Not to be left out, East Asian states, heretofore committed to a multilateral, nondiscriminatory trade regime, are now actively exploring free trade areas. Is this development desirable for participants or outsiders? Does it represent movement, admittedly piecemeal and fragmented, toward more liberal world trade? In this book, two World Bank economists take a comprehensive look at rias involving developing countries, and they do not like what they find. In practice, rias rarely live up to the claims made in their favor and are more likely to divert trade than create it. But since the trend is unlikely to be reversed, the authors wisely provide guidelines, based on their findings, on how to improve rias.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821350782
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: A World Bank Publication
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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World Bank

London School of Economics

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations and Acronyms
Ch. 1 Regional Integration Agreements: An Overview 1
Ch. 2 How Trade Blocs Increase Trade and Competition 31
Ch. 3 Making the Most of Regional Integration 63
Ch. 4 Stimulating Investment 101
Ch. 5 Growth and Location 123
Ch. 6 Integrating Domestic Policies 147
Ch. 7 Regional Integration as Politics 187
Ch. 8 Trade Blocs and the Rest of the World 209
Ch. 9 Rules of Thumb for Regionalism 261
Annex Selected WTO Provisions on Regional Integration Arrangements 267
Bibliography 271
Index 299
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