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From Spaghetti Bowl to Jigsaw Puzzle? Addressing the Disarray in the World Trade System

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The rise of mega-regionals such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) suggests that the world trade system is fragmenting to the point it appears more like a jigsaw puzzle than a spaghetti bowl. There are both regional and global jigsaw puzzles to be solved—in that order—to clean up the world trade system. But is this even likely? The difficulties of free trade agreement (FTA) consolidation at the regional level are well known, while piecing together the blocs around the world to form a coherent whole is even more challenging. In this context, a way forward is to return to the most widely used modality of trade liberalization—unilateral actions—but this time involving the multilateralization of preferences rather than unreciprocated reductions in tariff rates. As more and more FTAs are negotiated, reference erosion sets in, reducing the resistance of FTA partners to multilateralization. Multilateralization of references may then present a practical way forward in addressing the disarray in the world trade system.

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  • Menon, Jayant, 2014. "From Spaghetti Bowl to Jigsaw Puzzle? Addressing the Disarray in the World Trade System," Working Papers on Regional Economic Integration 140, Asian Development Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:adbrei:0140
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    multilateralization of preferences; mega-regionals; FTA; TPP; RCEP; reciprocity;
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    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • F17 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Forecasting and Simulation

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