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Does the use of multiple FTAs force firms to raise local input share? : evidence of the spaghetti bowl phenomenon

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu

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This paper empirically investigates the firm-level relationship between the local input share and the number of used FTAs by employing the data on FTA utilization in Japanese affiliates in ASEAN. As a result, we do not find a robust linear relationship. However, affiliates using a large number of FTAs (seven or eight) have an extremely higher share of local inputs. This result might be interpreted as the first evidence of the “spaghetti bowl phenomenonâ€.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 364.

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Date of creation: Aug 2012
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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 364. 2012.8
Handle: RePEc:jet:dpaper:dpaper364

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Keywords: Southeast Asia; International trade; FTA; International economic integration; Spaghetti bowl phenomenon;

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  1. Hayakawa, Kazunobu & Nuttawut, Laksanapanyakul, 2013. "Impacts of common rules of origin on FTA utilization," IDE Discussion Papers 429, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).

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