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ASEAN’s Free Trade Agreements with the People’s Republic of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis

  • Estrada, Gemma

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    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Park, Donghyun

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    (Asian Development Bank)

  • Park, Innwon

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    (Division of International Studies)

  • Park, Soonchan

    ()

    (Department of Economics and International Trade)

Expanding trade with East Asia’s “Big Three” economic giants—the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Japan, and the Republic of Korea—offers a new potential source of growth for ASEAN in the post-global-crisis period. In fact, ASEAN has been actively pursuing trade liberalization with the Big Three. The central objective of this paper is to qualitatively and quantitatively assess the different permutations of ASEAN’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with the Big Three (e.g., ASEAN–PRC, ASEAN–Japan, ASEAN–Republic of Korea, and ASEAN+3). Our qualitative analysis is based on the theory of economic integration, and our quantitative analysis is based on a CGE model. The two types of analyses both suggest that an ASEAN+3 FTA would deliver the largest benefits for the region.

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Paper provided by Asian Development Bank in its series Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration with number 75.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: 01 Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0075
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  1. Cyn-Young Park & Ruperto P. Majuca & Josef T. Yap, 2010. "The 2008 Financial Crisis and Potential Output in Asia : Impact and Policy Implications," Finance Working Papers 23101, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
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