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Has Japan Been Left Out in the Cold by Regional Integration?

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  • Wall, Howard-J

    (Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis)

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Despite the ongoing worldwide trend toward regional integration, Japan has remained outside of all regional trading agreements. Because more than 60 percent of Japan's trade is with countries that are members of a major regional bloc, this reluctance may have had significant effects on its pattern and volume of trade. Indeed, I find that Japan's exports have been reduced by the integration of its trading partners, and that this effect has been fairly uniform across integration regimes. I also find that regional trading agreements have tended to have a much more negative effect on Japanese trade than on the trade of other nonmembers.

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Article provided by Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies, Bank of Japan in its journal Monetary and Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 20 (2002)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 117-134

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Handle: RePEc:ime:imemes:v:20:y:2002:i:2:p:117-134

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  1. I-Hui Cheng & Howard J. Wall, 2005. "Controlling for heterogeneity in gravity models of trade and integration," Review, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, issue Jan, pages 49-63.
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