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The Preference for New Preferential Trade Agreements: Does It Lead to a Good Use of Scarce Resources?

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  • Kerr, William A.

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At the end of 2010 there are more than 100 new preferential trade agreements being contemplated. At the same time there are approximately 200 existing trade agreements whose provisions leave large additional potential gains from trade on the table. Despite these potential benefits, there appears to be little enthusiasm for recontracting efforts centred on existing agreements. This suggests that there is an inefficient deployment of scarce negotiating resources. Exceptions do exist, such as the European Union, which has strong institutional mechanisms - including, in particular, the Commission - that foster further market integration. While the EU's institutional model may not be suitable for all preferential agreements, incorporating a formal recontracting mechanism into new agreements will provide opportunities to garner additional gains from trade in the future.

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  • Kerr, William A., 2011. "The Preference for New Preferential Trade Agreements: Does It Lead to a Good Use of Scarce Resources?," eJADE: electronic Journal of Agricultural and Development Economics, Food and Agriculture Organization, Agricultural and Development Economics Division, vol. 12(1).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ejadef:99283
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    1. Kerr, William A., 2012. "The EU-Canada Free Trade Agreement: What is on the Table for Agriculture?," 86th Annual Conference, April 16-18, 2012, Warwick University, Coventry, UK 135067, Agricultural Economics Society.
    2. Viju, Crina & Yeung, May T. & Kerr, William A., 2012. "Geograpical Indications, Barriers to Market Access and Preferential Trade Agreements," Trade Policy Briefs 122743, Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.

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