Why are there so many Preferential Trade Areas? A Political Economy Perspective
This paper investigates the causes of the phenomenal growth of preferential trade areas (PTAs) in the world economy during recent decades. A political economy analysis suggests that the attraction of PTAs may be due, in large parts, to (a) a preference for manufacturing industry, rather than merely the gross domestic product (GDP), and (b) the prospect of greater foreign direct investments, in countries forming or joining a PTA.
Volume (Year): 37 (2008)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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