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A New Multi-Dimensional Framework for Analyzing Regional Integration: Regional Integration Evaluation (RIE) Methodology


  • Park, Donghyun

    () (Asian Development Bank)

  • Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo

    () (Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya)


Theories of regional integration typically analyze the regional integration process from the perspective of a single discipline, usually economics. However, such one-dimensional analytical frameworks cannot fully capture the richness and complexity of the inherently multi-dimensional regional integration process. To address the problem, we propose the regional integration evaluation (RIE) methodology which is based on four dimensions of development – economic, political, social and technological. The central idea behind the RIE methodology is that regional development promotes regional integration. Our RIE methodology differs from the existing literature in that it is based on a more comprehensive definition of development than just economic development. Our definition of a region's development incorporates the development levels of all regional countries as well as differences in development levels among regional countries. We apply the RIE methodology to assess the regional development and hence integration prospects of NAFTA, ASEAN, MERCOSUR and EU.

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  • Park, Donghyun & Ruiz Estrada, Mario Arturo, 2010. "A New Multi-Dimensional Framework for Analyzing Regional Integration: Regional Integration Evaluation (RIE) Methodology," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 49, Asian Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0049

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    1. Yap, Josef T. & Majuca, Ruperto P. & Park, Cyn-Young, 2010. "The 2008 Financial Crisis and Potential Output in Asia: Impact and Policy Implications," Discussion Papers DP 2010-11, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
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    Economic integration; economic modeling; NAFTA; ASEAN; MERCOSUR; EU;

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    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration

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