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Toward Win-Win Regionalism in Asia: Issues and Challenges in Forming Efficient Trade Agreements

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  • Plummer, Michael G.

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    (Johns Hopkins University SAIS–Bologna)

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Many economists tend to be skeptical of the merits of Free-Trade Areas (FTAs) due to their second-best nature, while others support them under certain conditions, particularly as they allow for a more comprehensive treatment of trade- and investment-related issues than is currently possible under the 149-member WTO. This paper endeavors to bridge this analytical chasm by developing a blueprint for “first-best“ regionalism based on “best practices.“ It then applies the associated set of rules to existing FTAs in Asia (both intra- and extra-regional) to guage the degree to which they approach best practices. In summary, we find that most accords receive high marks in most areas, with the exception of “rules of origin“ and certain service sectors.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration with number 5.

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Length: 56 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0005

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Keywords: Asian integration; free trade agreement; best practices; Asian development;

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  6. Rigg, Robert & Schou-Zibell, Lotte, 2009. "The Financial Crisis and Money Markets in Emerging Asia," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 38, Asian Development Bank.

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