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A Re-evaluation of the Impact of Regional Agreements on Trade Patterns

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  • Lionel Fontagne
  • Soledad Zignago

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This article analyses the trade impact of preferential trade agreements (PTA). We firstly revisit the literature using a “traditional gravity” setting extended to rely on detailed data at the sector level (26 ISIC industries), using a panel of more than 100 countries between 1976-2000. Secondly we use the border effect methodology. Lastly, dyadic fixed effects make it possible to control for unobserved characteristics of country pairs, hence for the endogeneity of the PTA. We systematically disentangle the various arrangements and tentatively introduce tariffs. The positive trade impacts of the EU, NAFTA and ASEAN are downsized by such improvements.

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  • Lionel Fontagne & Soledad Zignago, 2007. "A Re-evaluation of the Impact of Regional Agreements on Trade Patterns," Economie Internationale, CEPII research center, issue 109, pages 31-51.
  • Handle: RePEc:cii:cepiei:2007-1tb
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    Keywords

    Regional integration; border effects; gravity model;

    JEL classification:

    • F12 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Models of Trade with Imperfect Competition and Scale Economies; Fragmentation
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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