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Free Trade Areas And Intra-Regional Trade: The Case Of Asean



    () (Tinbergen Institute & Amsterdam School of Economics, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


    () (Tinbergen Institute & Amsterdam School of Economics, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


    () (Division of Economics, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798, Singapore)


We study the effects of free trade areas on bilateral trade flows. We review and extend the previous empirical literature by embarking on the modelling of unobserved heterogeneity. We apply our preferred model to the case of the Asean Free Trade Area (AFTA). The estimation results suggest that there has been a positive effect of AFTA. This empirical finding is contrary to earlier estimation results, which are typically not so positive about AFTA. It is our impression that these earlier estimates on AFTA are confounded with the effects of unobserved determinants of trade.

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  • Maurice J. G. Bun & Franc J. G. M. Klaassen & G. K. Randolph Tan, 2009. "Free Trade Areas And Intra-Regional Trade: The Case Of Asean," The Singapore Economic Review (SER), World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd., vol. 54(03), pages 319-334.
  • Handle: RePEc:wsi:serxxx:v:54:y:2009:i:03:n:s0217590809003367
    DOI: 10.1142/S0217590809003367

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    1. Richard Baldwin & Daria Taglioni, 2006. "Gravity for Dummies and Dummies for Gravity Equations," NBER Working Papers 12516, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    1. Ramstetter, Eric D. & Archanun, Kohpaiboon, 2015. "The Effects of the ASEAN Economic Community 2015 on Industries in Kitakyushu and Shimonoseki," AGI Working Paper Series 2015-04, Asian Growth Research Institute.

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    AFTA; ASEAN; free trade area; gravity model; panel data; C23; F15;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration


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