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The Welfare Analysis of a Free Trade Zone: Intermediate Goods and the Asian Tigers


  • Andrew Feltenstein
  • Florenz Plassmann


We analyse trade reform among the ASEAN countries, which recently began removing all mutual trade barriers. The standard method to avoid complete specialisation in traded goods is to distinguish goods both by physical type and place of origin (the so-called Armington assumption). This methodology is not suitable for the sort of intermediate goods produced by the ASEAN countries. We develop a computational approach in the context of a non-Armington dynamic general equilibrium model. Analysing the results of a calibrated version of the model, we find that trade liberalisation is generally welfare improving for the ASEAN countries. Copyright 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Andrew Feltenstein & Florenz Plassmann, 2008. "The Welfare Analysis of a Free Trade Zone: Intermediate Goods and the Asian Tigers," The World Economy, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 31(7), pages 905-924, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:worlde:v:31:y:2008:i:7:p:905-924

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    1. Plassmann, Florenz & Feltenstein, Andrew, 2016. "How large do multi-region models need to be?," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 38(1), pages 138-155.
    2. Ichiro Tokutsu & Mika Saito, 2006. "The Impact of Tradeon Wages; What If Countries Are Not Small?," IMF Working Papers 06/155, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Jeffrey Condon & Andrew Feltenstein & Florenz Plassman & Mark Rider & David L. Sjoquist, 2014. "A Regional Model of Growth Oriented Fiscal Policy: An Application to Georgia and Its Competitor States," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 44(2), pages 177-209, Summer.

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