TPPing over?

Jayant Menon 01 July 2014

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Introduction

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  US, trade agreements, TPP

The problem with TTIP

L Alan Winters 22 May 2014

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Much attention has been focused on the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. Most economists cheer this development, but I regret it – it is a pity that it has emerged.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  US, EU, trade agreements, TPP, TTIP

Economic integration agreements and the location of vertical FDI

Juan Blyde, Alejandro Graziano, Christian Volpe Martincus 13 May 2014

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Production processes are becoming increasingly fragmented. Many goods that were manufactured in single countries are now sliced in different bundles assigned to plants around the globe, giving rise to what is commonly known as global value chains (GVCs). The emergence of GVCs is allowing nations to industrialise much more rapidly by joining international production networks rather than by building entire supply chains at home. This has been the path to industrialisation taken by some Asian countries and, more recently, by some eastern European countries as well (Baldwin 2012).

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  trade agreements, vertical FDI, global value chains

The relaunching of negotiations on environmental goods: Any breakthrough in sight?

Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil 01 April 2014

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The decade-long negotiations on reducing barriers to trade in environmental goods and environmental services at the WTO failed to make any progress (Frankel 2013, Balineau and Melo 2013). Against this stalemate at the WTO, in September 2012, 20 APEC members submitted a list of 54 products for which they would lower applied tariff rates to 5% or less by the end of 2015.

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Topics:  Environment International trade

Tags:  trade agreements, environmental goods, environmental services

Trade effects when formation of trade agreements is endogenous

Wolfgang Keller, Carol H Shiue 19 December 2013

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In the summer of 2013, the EU began negotiations with the US for a preferential trade agreement. Negotiations with Canada are ongoing since 2009 and now in their final leg. The EU has preferential trade agreements with more than 40 countries, some formed in the early 1970s (e.g. with Switzerland since 1973) and others only very recently (e.g. with South Korea since 2011). It is fairly typical to observe early joiners and late joiners to trade agreements. What will these trade agreements do to volume traded and the integration of markets?

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  trade agreements, FTAs, Zollverein

Trade agreements and 21st century trade: A new Policy Insight

Nadia Rocha, Gianluca Orefice 25 November 2011

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Twenty-first century trade, as defined by Baldwin (2011), is a much more complex phenomenon than trade prior to the early 1980s. This complexity is the result of the increased role of international production networks in the global economy, which are characterised by the unbundling of stages of production across borders.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  trade agreements, Deep integration, production-sharing

Deep integration and production networks

Nadia Rocha, Gianluca Orefice,

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Fri, 11/25/2011

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Rethinking the (European) foundations of sub-Saharan African regional economic integration

Peter Draper 01 March 2011

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Support for regional economic integration in Africa runs high among the continent’s international development partners and African elites. This is most loftily expressed in the African Union’s stated goal of achieving a continental economic integration scheme, the African Economic Community, by 2028.

As is often, however, the rhetoric does not match the reality. African economic integration suffers from a litany of problems, ranging from overlapping memberships, through unfulfilled commitments, to unrealistic goals (Dinka and Kennes 2007, Draper et al. 2007, UNECA 2006 and 2008).

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Topics:  Development International trade

Tags:  Africa, trade agreements, regional cooperation

Multilateralising regionalism: The WTO’s next challenge

Richard Baldwin 29 February 2008

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The world’s most important trade talks – the Doha Round – appear to be slipping into a coma while key nations play a waiting game. What are they waiting for? Some are waiting to see if Europe commits to unilaterally dismantling the EU’s massively distortionary agricultural policies during its 2008/2009 review. Others are waiting to see if the next US president is more protectionist or more accommodating. And the major developing nations see their exports growing at double-digit rates despite the stalemate, so what’s the rush?

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  WTO, trade liberalisation, trade, regionalism, trade agreements