Recent Regional Agreements: Why so Many, Why so Much Variance in Form, Why Coming so Fast, and Where are They Headed?

16 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2008

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John Whalley

University of Western Ontario - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); Centre for International Governance and Innovation (CIGI)

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Abstract

Recent years have seen a sharp growth in the number of regional agreements both concluded and under negotiation. This paper attempts to document and discuss this growth focusing on US, EU, Chinese, Indian and other agreements. The form, coverage and content of these agreements vary considerably from case to case. The paper asks why so many, why the variation in form, and why the recent acceleration. Implications for the trading system are discussed in a final section.

Suggested Citation

Whalley, John, Recent Regional Agreements: Why so Many, Why so Much Variance in Form, Why Coming so Fast, and Where are They Headed?. World Economy, Vol. 31, Issue 4, pp. 517-532, April 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1116417 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9701.2008.01094.x

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