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Regional Trade Integration and WTO Accession; Which Is the Right Sequencing? An Application to the CIS

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This paper analyzes the appropriate sequencing between accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the implementation of the Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC) customs union and whether the latter facilitates or delays WTO accession for some member countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). If EAEC members pursue a coordinated approach toward WTO accession, this may cause delays that benefit some countries at the expense of others. The paper simulates the welfare effects resulting from the two sequencing alternatives (customs union and WTO or the reverse). The results show that, from a consumer surplus standpoint, it would be preferable to join the WTO ahead of the EAEC customs union. This paper does not attempt to assess the welfare implications of joining the EAEC as a political and economic entity, but only the welfare implications resulting from the implementation of the EAEC customs union.

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  • Patrizia Tumbarello, 2005. "Regional Trade Integration and WTO Accession; Which Is the Right Sequencing? An Application to the CIS," IMF Working Papers 05/94, International Monetary Fund.
  • Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:05/94
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    1. Kakhkharov, Jakhongir, 2007. "Regional Cooperation in Central Asia: Viewpoint from Uzbekistan," MPRA Paper 64130, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Patrizia Tumbarello, 2007. "Are Regional Trade Agreements in Asia Stumbling or Building Blocks? Implications for the Mekong-3 Countries," IMF Working Papers 07/53, International Monetary Fund.
    3. Sherzod Shadikhodjaev, 2008. "Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC) : Legal Aspects of Regional Trade Integration," Trade Working Papers 22994, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
    4. Aktoty Aitzhanova & Shigeo Katsu & Johannes F. Linn & Vladislav Yezhov (ed.), 2014. "Kazakhstan 2050: Toward a Modern Society for All," Books, Emerging Markets Forum, edition 1, number kazakh2050, August.
    5. Richard Pomfret, 2009. "Regional integration in Central Asia," Economic Change and Restructuring, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 47-68, May.
    6. Kakhkharov, Jakhongir, 2013. "Central Asian Security and Water/ Energy Relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan," MPRA Paper 64024, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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