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Non-Preferential Trading Clubs

  • Raimondos-Møller, Pascalis

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

  • Woodland , Alan D.

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School)

This paper examines the welfare implications of non-discriminatory tariff reforms by a subset of countries, which we term a non-preferential trading club. We show that there exist coordinated tariff reforms, accompanied by appropriate income transfers between the member countries, that unambiguously increase the welfare of these countries while leaving the welfare of non-members unaltered. In terms of economic policy implications, our results show that there exist regional, MFN-consistent arrangements that lead to Pareto improvements in world welfare.

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Paper provided by Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 06-2004.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 28 Aug 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:cbsnow:2004_006
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