TPPing over?

Jayant Menon, 1 July 2014

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Introduction

Why is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) taking so long to conclude? It has already missed three deadlines, the latest October 2013. And President Barrack Obama’s recent Asia visit did not produce the widely anticipated push towards the finish line. Delays aside, the other big question is what the TPP will look like when finally concluded (Winters 2014)?

Topics: International trade
Tags: TPP, trade agreements, US

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.

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

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).

Topics: International trade
Tags: global value chains, trade agreements, vertical FDI

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

Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil, 1 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.

Topics: Environment, International trade
Tags: environmental goods, environmental services, trade agreements

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).

Topics: International trade
Tags: FTAs, trade agreements, 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.

Topics: International trade
Tags: Deep integration, production-sharing, trade agreements

Deep integration and production networks

Nadia Rocha, Gianluca Orefice, 25 November 2011

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Topics: International trade
Tags: Deep integration, production sharing, trade agreements

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

Peter Draper, 1 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.

Topics: Development, International trade
Tags: Africa, regional cooperation, trade agreements

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.

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

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