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Do Customs Union Members Engage in More Bilateral Trade than Free-Trade Agreement Members?

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This paper provides the first empirical analysis directly comparing the effects of customs unions (CUs) and free-trade agreements (FTAs) on members' bilateral trade, while addressing the biases arising from log-linearization of the gravity model and crucial time-invariant unobservables. Since Fiorentino et al. (2007 ) question the popularity of CUs relative to FTAs, considering the latter to be more practical in the current trading climate, such a comparison seems especially relevant. While Baier and Bergstrand (2007 ) find an FTA to approximately double members' bilateral trade after 10 years, the results of this paper find CUs to have had a much larger impact than FTAs. Copyright © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Jayjit Roy, 2010. "Do Customs Union Members Engage in More Bilateral Trade than Free-Trade Agreement Members?," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18(4), pages 663-681, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:18:y:2010:i:4:p:663-681
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