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Is Regionalism Viable? A Case for Global Free Trade

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  • Reza Oladi
  • Hamid Beladi

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We assume an imperfectly competitive world with n commodities and address the question of whether or not (regional) trade blocs are viable. To answer this fundamental question, we use a notion of stability, offered by Greenberg (1990) , and show that regional trade blocs are not viable as they are not stable. On the other hand, we demonstrate that a global trade bloc is viable. Therefore, our results provide theoretical support for advocates of global free trade. Copyright © 2007 The Authors.

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  • Reza Oladi & Hamid Beladi, 2008. "Is Regionalism Viable? A Case for Global Free Trade," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(2), pages 293-300, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:16:y:2008:i:2:p:293-300
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    7. Noritsugu Nakanishi, 2011. "Farsightedly Stable FTA Structures," Discussion Papers 1114, Graduate School of Economics, Kobe University.
    8. Ravi Batra & Hamid Beladi, 2010. "Outsourcing and the Heckscher-Ohlin Model," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(2), pages 277-288, May.
    9. Kawasaki, Ryo & Sato, Takashi & Muto, Shigeo, 2015. "Farsightedly stable tariffs," Mathematical Social Sciences, Elsevier, vol. 76(C), pages 118-124.

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