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Regional Trade Agreements and Enterprises in Southeast Asia

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  • Wignaraja, Ganeshan

    (Asian Development Bank Institute)

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    This paper undertakes a comparative and firm-level analysis of the impact of regional trade agreements (RTAs) in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines. It finds that firm-heterogeneity matters in RTA use. Acquiring knowledge about RTAs, building technological capabilities, and membership of industrial clusters affect the likelihood of RTA use at firm-level. A lack of information about RTAs and the absence of RTAs with major trading partners explain non-use of RTAs. Key policy implications include the need to improve business support for RTAs, to conclude RTAs with major trading partners, and to create a database on preference use in RTAs.

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    Paper provided by Asian Development Bank Institute in its series ADBI Working Papers with number 442.

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    Length: 28 pages
    Date of creation: 29 Oct 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:ris:adbiwp:0442

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    Keywords: regional trade agreements; regional trade enterprises; trade southeast asia; asian noodle bowl effect; asian regional economic integration; free trade agreements;

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    1. Lee, Il Houng & Park, Yung Chul, 2014. "Use of National Currencies for Trade Settlement in East Asia: A Proposal," ADBI Working Papers 474, Asian Development Bank Institute.

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