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The role of Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) in facilitating global production networks

  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Yamashita, Nobuaki

This paper examines the effects of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) in facilitating international trade flows connecting production networks. We consider over 250 PTAs with trade flows distinguished into parts and components and final goods for the period 1979-2008. The gravity equation estimates suggest that the concurrent year effects of PTA formation on trade in parts and components are unseen, whereas PTAs have positive and pervasive effects on both types of trade flows 6 and 9 years after the PTA formation.

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Paper provided by Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO) in its series IDE Discussion Papers with number 280.

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Publication status: Published in IDE Discussion Paper. No. 280. 2011. 2
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