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Free Trade, Customs Unions, and Transfers

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  • Hideo Konishi

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    (Boston College)

  • Carsten Kowalczyk

    (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)

  • Tomas Sjostrom

    (Pennsylvania State University)

Abstract

All countries would agree to immediate global free trade if countries were compensated for any terms-of-trade losses with transfers from countries whose terms-of-trade improve, and if customs unions were required to have no effects on non-member countries. Global free trade with transfers is in the core of a Kemp-Wan-Grinols customs union game.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 568.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: 24 Jul 2003
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Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:568

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Keywords: free trade; customs unions; free trade areas; GATT/WTO; multilateralism; transfers;

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  4. MACHO-STADLER, Inés & XUE, Licun, 2005. "Does Free Trade Benefit All?," Cahiers de recherche 13-2005, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.

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