The United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement: What Did You Expect?
29 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2009
Date Written: November 6, 2009
Bilateral free trade agreements have generally been analyzed as instances of preferential reciprocal tariff liberalization. Viewed through this lens, such agreements raise concerns both about new competition and about trade diversion. The United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement, an example of a serious North-South accord, demonstrates that new market access was not a principal Peruvian goal in the trade negotiations. Instead, the agreement was intended to encourage investment by locking in Peru’s economic reforms. This motivation has very different implications for the global trading system than a quest for preferential access.
Keywords: trade, integration, democracy
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