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Neue Ökonomische Geographie - Neue Argumente gegen den Freihandel?

In: List Forum Band 31


  • Michael Pflüger


Taking the perspective of the new economic geography, this paper studies trade policy and the rationale to deviate from free trade, in particular. It is shown that protectionism, through unilaterally favorable under some circumstances, does not lead to welfare gains, in general. A list of qualifications and reservations is presented. Countries are better off by seeking reciprocal trade liberalisation. The theories of the new economic geography indicate that multilateral trade liberalisation (pursued in asymetric way) has some advantages compared to the path of reciprocity in preferential trade agreements.(Original text only available in german language)

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  • Michael Pflüger, 2005. "Neue Ökonomische Geographie - Neue Argumente gegen den Freihandel?," List Forum Chapter,in: List Forum Band 31, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 2, pages 13-32 List Gesellschaft e.V..
  • Handle: RePEc:lst:lfchap:31-02

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