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Non-conventional provisions in regional trade agreements : do they enhance international trade?

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu
  • Kimura, Fukunari
  • Nabeshima, Kaoru

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The scope of recent regional trade agreements (RTAs) is becoming much wider in terms of including several provisions such as competition policy or intellectual property. This paper empirically examines how far advanced, non-conventional provisions in RTAs increase trade values among RTA member countries, by estimating the gravity equation with more disaggregated indicators for RTAs. As a result, we find that the provision on competition policy has the largest impacts on trade values, following that on government procurement. Our further analysis reveals that the more significant roles of these two provisions can be also observed in the impacts on the intensive and extensive margins.

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu & Kimura, Fukunari & Nabeshima, Kaoru, 2011. "Non-conventional provisions in regional trade agreements : do they enhance international trade?," IDE Discussion Papers 309, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    Keywords

    International trade; International agreements; Gravity; RTA; Extensive and intensive margins;
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    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F20 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - General
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations

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