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The Welfare Implications of Trading Blocs among Countries with Different Endowments

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  • Antonio Spilimbergo
  • Ernesto Stein

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In this paper, we present a model where trade is motivated both by preference for variety and comparative advantages. We use this framework to analyze the welfare implications of trading blocs among countries with different endowments with and without transportation costs. In this framework, we address the following issues: a) the welfare implications of the consolidation of the world into a few trading blocs; b) the different incentives that rich and poor countries have in choosing their partners in trade arrangements; c) whether the welfare consequences of continental preferential trade arrangements depend on the relative endowments.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5472.

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Publication status: published as The Welfare Implications of Trading Blocs among Countries with Different Endowments , Antonio Spilimbergo, Ernesto Stein. in The Regionalization of the World Economy , Frankel. 1998
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  1. Ernesto Stein & Jeffrey Frankel, 1994. "The welfare implications of continental trading blocs in a model with transport costs," Pacific Basin Working Paper Series, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco 94-03, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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  1. Jeffrey A. Frankel & Ernesto Stein & Shang-Jin Wei, 1996. "Regional Trading Arrangement: Natural or Super-Natural?," NBER Working Papers 5431, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Anna Maria Mayda & Chad Steinberg, 2006. "Do South-South Trade Agreements Increase Trade? Commodity-Level Evidence from COMESA," Working Papers, Georgetown University, Department of Economics gueconwpa~06-06-03, Georgetown University, Department of Economics.
  3. Arvind Panagariya, 1998. "Do transport costs justifyregional preferential trading arrangements? no," Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv), Springer, Springer, vol. 134(2), pages 280-301, June.
  4. Lev Freinkman & Evgeny Polyakov & Carolina Revenco, 2004. "Trade Performance and Regional Integration of the CIS Countries," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 14933, August.
  5. Baier, Scott L. & Bergstrand, Jeffrey H., 2004. "Economic determinants of free trade agreements," Journal of International Economics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 64(1), pages 29-63, October.
  6. Alexandre Skiba, 2007. "Regional Economies of Scale in Transportation and Regional Welfare," WORKING PAPERS SERIES IN THEORETICAL AND APPLIED ECONOMICS 200705, University of Kansas, Department of Economics, revised Sep 2007.
  7. Winters, L. Alan, 1996. "Regionalism versus Multilateralism," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 1525, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  8. Arvind Panagariya, 2003. "The Regionalism Debate: An Overview," International Trade, EconWPA 0309007, EconWPA.
  9. Souleymane COULIBALY, 2006. "Evaluating the Trade and Welfare Effects of Developing RTAs," Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP), Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP 06.03, Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP.
  10. Panagariya, A., 1997. "Preferential trading and the myth of natural trading partners," Japan and the World Economy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 471-489, December.
  11. Baldwin, Richard, 2008. "Big-Think Regionalism: a Critical Survey," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 6874, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.

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