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Recent Regional Agreements: Why so many, why so much Variance in Form, why Coming so fast, and where are they Headed?

  • John Whalley

Recent years have seen a sharp growth in the number of regional agreements both concluded and under negotiation. This paper attempts to document and discuss this growth focusing on US, EU, Chinese, Indian and other agreements. The form, coverage, and content of these agreements varies considerably from case to case. The paper asks why so many, why the variation in form, and why the recent acceleration. Implications for the trading system are discussed in a final section.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 1790.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1790
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  1. Agata Antkiewicz & John Whalley, 2004. "China's New Regional Trade Agreements," NBER Working Papers 10992, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. O G Dayaratna Banda & John Whalley, 2005. "Beyond Goods and Services: Competition Policy, Investment, Mutual Recognition, Movement of Persons, and Broader Cooperation Provisions of Recent FTAs involving ASEAN Countries," NBER Working Papers 11232, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  3. Agata Antkiewicz & John Whalley, 2005. "BRICSAM and the Non-WTO," CESifo Working Paper Series 1498, CESifo Group Munich.
  4. Crawford, Jo-Ann & Fiorentino, Roberto V., 2005. "The changing landscape of regional trade agreements," WTO Discussion Papers 8, World Trade Organization (WTO), Economic Research and Statistics Division.
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