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The Welfare Implications of Trading Blocs among Countries with Different Endowments

  • Antonio Spilimbergo
  • Ernesto Stein

In this paper, we present a model where trade is motivated both by preference for variety and comparative advantages. We use this framework to analyze the welfare implications of trading blocs among countries with different endowments with and without transportation costs. In this framework, we address the following issues: a) the welfare implications of the consolidation of the world into a few trading blocs; b) the different incentives that rich and poor countries have in choosing their partners in trade arrangements; c) whether the welfare consequences of continental preferential trade arrangements depend on the relative endowments.

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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 5472.

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Date of creation: Mar 1996
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Publication status: published as The Welfare Implications of Trading Blocs among Countries with Different Endowments , Antonio Spilimbergo, Ernesto Stein. in The Regionalization of the World Economy , Frankel. 1998
Handle: RePEc:nbr:nberwo:5472
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  1. Spilimbergo, Antonio, 2000. " Growth and Trade: The North Can Lose," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 131-46, June.
  2. Bond, E.W. & Syropoulos, C., 1993. "Optimality and Stability of Regional Trading Blocs," Discussion Papers 93-11, Department of Economics, University of Birmingham.
  3. Jon D. Haveman, 1996. "Some Welfare Effects of Sequential Customs Union Formation," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 29(4), pages 941-58, November.
  4. Levy, Philip I, 1997. "A Political-Economic Analysis of Free-Trade Agreements," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 87(4), pages 506-19, September.
  5. Stern, R.M. & Deardorff, A.V., 1992. "Multilateral Trade Negociations and Preferential Trading Arrangements," Working Papers 307, Research Seminar in International Economics, University of Michigan.
  6. Ernesto Stein & Jeffrey Frankel, 1994. "The welfare implications of continental trading blocs in a model with transport costs," Pacific Basin Working Paper Series 94-03, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
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