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On the Viability of a Multilateral Trade Agreement: A Political-Economy Approach

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  • Danilo R. Trupkin

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    (Universidad de Montevideo)

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The big picture issue this paper intends to address is on the incentive aspects of a multilateral trade liberalization. The paper builds on a framework originally introduced in Grossman and Helpman's The Politics of Free-Trade Agreements (1995). The aim of that work was to explain the viability of free trade agreements (FTAs) between two countries in a political-economy framework. A simple extension to a three-country setting allows us to analyze whether FTAs are "building blocs" or "stumbling blocs". An illustration with speci c functional forms serves to nd conditions under which FTAs are, somehow, partial building blocs, i.e., a bilateral liberalization can be feasible when multilateral liberalization is not.

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Paper provided by Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economia. Universidad de Montevideo. in its series Documentos de Trabajo/Working Papers with number 1001.

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Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:mnt:wpaper:1001

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Keywords: International Trade; Free-Trade Agreements; Multilateral Trade Agreement; Political-Economy.;

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