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Decomposing the Economic Costs and Benefits of Accession to the EU: the Swiss Case

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  • Jean-Marie Grether
  • Tobias Müller
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    This paper proposes a decomposition of the likely effects of a "deep" regional integration arrangement for a small country. It is based on a steady-state general equilibrium model which allows to capture the long-term effects of a variety of factors, including the reduction of non-tariff barriers, immigration, budgetary transfers and monetary integration. Particular care is given to the modeling of wealth accumulation, with savings endogenized on the basis of an overlapping generation framework. The effects of product standardization in manufacturing are simulated on the basis of ex-post estimates of the pro-competitive effects of the Single Market Program.

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    Paper provided by Institut d'Economie et Econométrie, Université de Genève in its series Research Papers by the Institute of Economics and Econometrics, Geneva School of Economics and Management, University of Geneva with number 2000.02.

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    Length: 29 pages.
    Date of creation: Mar 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:gen:geneem:2000.02

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    Keywords: regional integration; applied general equilibrium;

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