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The Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Morocco: The Importance of a Gradual and Assymetric Agreement

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  • Sadni Jallab, Mustapha

    () (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa)

  • Abdelmalki, Lahsen

    (University of Lyon)

Abstract

The agreement recently signed between Morocco and the United States foresees several modalities in dismantling tariffs. Our simulations show that the various modalities of trade liberalization may have different impacts on the welfare, the rate of growth and the sectoral trade balance of these two countries. More precisely, our findings justify the interest of a gradual and asymmetrical agreement. In addition, the free trade agreement (FTA) between the US and Morocco will have a significant impact not only on trade between the two countries, but also on their trading relationships with other countries. The most important trade diversion will affect the EU and particularly France, which is Morocco’s largest trading partner. It will also adversely affect the other North African countries. The FTA will thus offer the opportunity to Morocco to diversifyits markets and its capabilities, which are currently focused on the EU, particularly on France and Spain.

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  • Sadni Jallab, Mustapha & Abdelmalki, Lahsen, 2007. "The Free Trade Agreement Between the United States and Morocco: The Importance of a Gradual and Assymetric Agreement," Journal of Economic Integration, Center for Economic Integration, Sejong University, vol. 22, pages 852-887.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:integr:0417
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    1. Malki, Mostafa & Thompson, Henry, 2014. "Morocco and the US Free Trade Agreement: A specific factors model with unemployment and energy imports," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 269-274.
    2. Bao, Ha Cong Anh, 2016. "The panorama for Vietnam’s Timber Industry with Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA): Opportunities and challenges," Papers 979, World Trade Institute.

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    Keywords

    Trade Policy; Liberalization; Free trade Agreement; Simulation; CGE Model; Morocco; and United-States;

    JEL classification:

    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation

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