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Chile's Trade and Regional Integration Policy: An Assessment


  • Maurice Schiff


This paper examines the economics, politics and political economy of Chile's trade and regional integration (RI) policies, and reaches the following conclusions. First, Chile is likely to obtain static and dynamic benefits from a free trade agreement (FTA) with the US, though the benefits depend crucially on the extent to which its market access to the US improves and on the costs of implementing the intellectual property rights agreement and of enforcing the rules of origin. Second, potential benefits are more doubtful with respect to FTAs with MERCOSUR and the Andean Pact and Central American countries.Third, Chile should complement its ongoing negotiations with the EU by negotiating FTAs with key Asian countries.Fourth, Chile should bind all its tariffs at the WTO at the applied MFN uniform tariff rate. Fifth, the uniform MFN tariff should be reduced below six percent after 2003. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd 2002.

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  • Maurice Schiff, 2002. "Chile's Trade and Regional Integration Policy: An Assessment," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(7), pages 973-990, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:25:y:2002:i:7:p:973-990

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