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A note on detecting biases in assessing the use of FTAs

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There has been much confusion, rather than debate, on the use of free trade agreements (FTAs). Unfortunately, a large part of the confusion is caused by the absence of consensus on the meaning of key terms such as the “utilization rate” and “usage rate” of FTAs, and the lack of knowledge on upward or downward biases from various data sources regarding the use of FTAs. Rather than making an original empirical contribution, this article reviews existing studies and attempts to identify the relevant methodologies for assessing the use of FTAs.

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  • Hamanaka, Shintaro, 2013. "A note on detecting biases in assessing the use of FTAs," Journal of Asian Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 24-32.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:asieco:v:29:y:2013:i:c:p:24-32
    DOI: 10.1016/j.asieco.2013.08.006
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    1. Lili Yan Ing & Shujiro Urata & Yoshifumi Fukunaga, . "How Do Exports and Imports Affect the Use of Free Trade Agreements? Firm-level Survey Evidence from Southeast Asia," Chapters, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    2. Ikumo Isono & Yoshifumi Fukunaga, . "Utilisation of Free Trade Agreements by Services Industries in ASEAN," Chapters, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    3. Asian Development Bank (ADB), 2013. "Asian Economic Integration Monitor - October 2013," ADB Reports RPS136096-3, Asian Development Bank (ADB), revised 28 Jan 2014.

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