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Does the use of multiple FTAs force firms to raise local input share? : evidence of the spaghetti bowl phenomenon

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This paper empirically investigates the firm-level relationship between the local input share and the number of used FTAs by employing the data on FTA utilization in Japanese affiliates in ASEAN. As a result, we do not find a robust linear relationship. However, affiliates using a large number of FTAs (seven or eight) have an extremely higher share of local inputs. This result might be interpreted as the first evidence of the “spaghetti bowl phenomenon”.

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  • Hayakawa, Kazunobu, 2012. "Does the use of multiple FTAs force firms to raise local input share? : evidence of the spaghetti bowl phenomenon," IDE Discussion Papers 364, Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO).
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    1. Kazunobu Hayakawa & Nuttawut Laksanapanyakul, 2017. "Impacts of common rules of origin on FTA utilization," International Economics and Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 14(1), pages 75-90, January.
    2. Archanun KOHPAIBOON & Juthathip JONGWANICH, 2015. "Use of FTAs from Thai Experience," Working Papers DP-2015-02, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).

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    Keywords

    Southeast Asia; International trade; FTA; International economic integration; Spaghetti bowl phenomenon;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • F53 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - International Agreements and Observance; International Organizations
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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