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FTA and Economic Growth: A Nonparametric Approach

  • Jung Hur

    ()

    (Sogang University)

  • Cheolbeom Park

    ()

    (Korea University)

This paper assesses whether a bilateral FTA exerts a positive growth effect of the economies of the two countries engaging in the FTA. It employs a nonparametric matching approach, which is more faithful to questions posed by trade theories, imposes no specific functional froms on the relation, and can be applied to a broad range of data structures. Unlike the results from earlier linear regression model approaches, we find an insignificant effect of the FTA on total economic growth. In particular, we demonstrate that an FTA exerts no significant growth effects in the one-to-10-year period after its launch. Furthermore, we detect an upward trend in the gap between the growth rates of per capita real GDP within a bilateral FTA. This implies uneven FTA effects across within an FTA, which may explain, in part, the insignificant effects of the FTA on the total economic growth.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Korea University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number 1009.

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