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North-South Standards Harmonization and International Trade

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  • Olivier Cadot

    (CEPR - Center for Economic Policy Research - CEPR, CEPREMAP - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications - Centre pour la recherche économique et ses applications, FERDI - Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International - FERDI, UNIL - Université de Lausanne - Université de Lausanne, BFSH1 - Université de Lausanne)

  • Anne-Célia Disdier

    (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS : UMR8545 - École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - École des Ponts ParisTech (ENPC) - École normale supérieure [ENS] - Paris - Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA), EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris)

  • Lionel Fontagné

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    (EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris, CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique, Department of Economics - European University Institute, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - CNRS : UMR8174 - Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne)

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Recent years have seen a surge in economic integration agreements (EIAs) and the development of non-tariff measures (NTMs). As a consequence, a growing number of EIAs include provisions on NTMs. This paper focuses on provisions on technical regulations. We investigate whether the technical requirements contained in North-South Agreements affect international trade. More particularly, using a gravity equation, we assess to what extent North-South harmonization of technical barriers creates or reinforces a hub-and-spoke trade structure potentially detrimental to the integration of Southern countries in world economy.

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Keywords: Economic integration agreement ; Technical provisions ; Harmonization ; Hub-andspoke trade structure;

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