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Scenarios for Trade Integration in the Americas

  • Xinshen Diao
  • Eugenio Díaz-Bonilla
  • Sherman Robinson

This paper analyzes two potential trade liberalization scenarios: a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) and an agreement between MERCOSUR and the European Union (EU). The paper utilizes a world general equilibrium model with some macro elements such as rigidities in wages and exchange rates. The empirical results show that the two regional integration scenarios create trade and increase welfare for the participants (more for the Latin American countries than for either the US or the EU) with little impact on non-participants.

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Article provided by CEPII research center in its journal Economie Internationale.

Volume (Year): (2003)
Issue (Month): 94-95 ()
Pages: 33-51

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  1. Robinson, Sherman & Thierfelder, Karen, 2002. "Trade liberalisation and regional integration: the search for large numbers," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 46(4), December.
  2. Lewis, Jeffrey D. & Robinson, Sherman & Wang, Zhi, 1995. "Beyond the Uruguay Round: The implications of an Asian free trade area," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 6(1), pages 35-90.
  3. Diaz-Bonilla, Eugenio & Thomas, Marcelle & Robinson, Sherman & Cattaneo, Andrea, 2000. "Food security and trade negotiations in the World Trade Organization," TMD discussion papers 59, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  4. Robinson, Sherman, 1991. "Macroeconomics, financial variables, and computable general equilibrium models," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 19(11), pages 1509-1525, November.
  5. Mary E. Burfisher & Sherman Robinson & Karen Thierfelder, 2001. "The Impact of NAFTA on the United States," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 15(1), pages 125-144, Winter.
  6. Hinojosa-Ojeda, Raul A. & Robinson, Sherman & Lewis, Jeffrey D., 1995. "Regional integration options for Central America and the Caribbean after NAFTA," The North American Journal of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 6(2), pages 121-148.
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