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Does the use of multiple FTAs force firms to raise local input share?: Evidence of the spaghetti bowl phenomenon

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu

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This paper empirically investigates the firm-level relationship between the local input share and the number of used FTAs by employing the data on FTA utilization in Japanese affiliates in ASEAN. As a result, we do not find a robust linear relationship. However, affiliates using a large number of FTAs (seven or eight) have an extremely higher share of local inputs. This result might be interpreted as the first evidence of the “spaghetti bowl phenomenon”.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

Volume (Year): 33 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 458-461

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:33:y:2013:i:c:p:458-461

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Keywords: FTA; Spaghetti bowl phenomenon;

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  1. Hayakawa, Kazunobu & Nuttawut, Laksanapanyakul, 2013. "Impacts of common rules of origin on FTA utilization," IDE Discussion Papers 429, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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