The Customs Union Issue

The Customs Union Issue

by Jacob Viner, Paul Oslington
     
 


Jacob Viner's The Customs Union Issue was originally published in 1950 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It set the framework for the contemporary debate over the benefits or otherwise of preferential trading agreements such as the European Union, NAFTA, and APEC. Viner developed the concepts of trade creation and diversion in this workSee more details below

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Jacob Viner's The Customs Union Issue was originally published in 1950 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It set the framework for the contemporary debate over the benefits or otherwise of preferential trading agreements such as the European Union, NAFTA, and APEC. Viner developed the concepts of trade creation and diversion in this work as he pioneered the analysis of the global politics of trade agreements. This revival of Viner's classic work includes an introduction that places this book in the context of his own intellectual development and the economic and political situation of the post-WWII world. The introduction also traces the reception of Viner's work and discusses its continuing relevance for international economists, political scientists, and historians.

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"Jacob Viner's seminal work on customs unions drew attention to the key fact that preferential free trade agreements are different from, and generally inferior to, non-discriminatory free trade. While the issues we confront today over the downside of preferential trade agreements have shifted and multiplied, Viner's work remains as a warning that policymakers cannot afford to ignore." --Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor (Economics, Law and International Affairs), Columbia University; author of Termites in the Trading System: How Preferential Agreements Undermine Free Trade

"Jacob Viner's The Customs Union Issue is a classic. Due to the spread of regional and preferential trade arrangements today, it is as relevant now as it was in 1950, when it was first published. Paul Oslington's introduction gives us insight into its origin, and I hope the book's republication introduces it to a new generation of readership." --Douglas A. Irwin, John Sloan Dickey Third Century Professor in the Social Sciences, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College

"While many innovators are victims of Stigler's Law-the observation, due to Robert Merton, that discoveries are seldom named after their discoverer-Jacob Viner is a happy exception in economics. He is known widely for, inter alia, originating the concepts of Vinerian trade creation and diversion. This timely new edition of his classic The Customs Union Issue will re-acquaint a new generation of trade students with not only the original discussion of these concepts but also the admirable rhetorical style of his generation of economists. It will also interest students to read a theoretical economist whose interest is so strongly policy-driven. In an era when one wonders if theory... has any impact on policy-making at all, it is refreshing to re-read an economist clearly speaking to both his colleagues and to policy-makers. This book should be on the shelves of every trade economist." --Martin Richardson, Professor, Research School of Economics, The Australian National University

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199756124
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2014
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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