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Non-conventional provisions in regional trade agreements : do they enhance international trade?

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Kimura, Fukunari
  • Nabeshima, Kaoru

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The scope of recent regional trade agreements (RTAs) is becoming much wider in terms of including several provisions such as competition policy or intellectual property. This paper empirically examines how far advanced, non-conventional provisions in RTAs increase trade values among RTA member countries, by estimating the gravity equation with more disaggregated indicators for RTAs. As a result, we find that the provision on competition policy has the largest impacts on trade values, following that on government procurement. Our further analysis reveals that the more significant roles of these two provisions can be also observed in the impacts on the intensive and extensive margins.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 309.

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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 309. 2011.9
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Keywords: International trade; International agreements; Gravity; RTA; Extensive and intensive margins;

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  1. Mitsuyo ANDO & Fukunari KIMURA, 2013. "Evolution of Machinery Production Networks: Linkage of North America with East Asia," Working Papers DP-2013-32, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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