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Spaghetti Regionalism or Strategic Foreign Trade: Some Evidence for Mexico

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  • Alejandro Ibarra-Yunez

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After signing ten free trade agreements between 1993 and 2001, Mexico as a world leader in foreign trade policy continues to negotiate with countries such as Japan, Panama, Uruguay or Argentina. Criticism of multiple regional trade agreements (RTAs) arises from a consistency test, but also from the ability of a country to administer them. Mexico's multiple agreements have generally used the principle of NAFTA consistency, after the acceptance that NAFTA became a broader and deeper accord than results of the Uruguay multilateral achievements. An analysis of multiple RTAs is presented, including a game model of equilibrium, along with a political economy approach of why Mexico seeks multiple RTAs as its foreign trade policy.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 9692.

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Publication status: published as Ibarra-Yunez, Alejandro. "Spaghetti Regionalism Or Strategic Trade: Some Evidence For Mexico," Journal of Development Economics, 2003, v72(2,Dec), 567-584.
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  6. Agata Antkiewicz & John Whalley, 2005. "BRICSAM and the Non-WTO," CESifo Working Paper Series 1498, CESifo Group Munich.
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