The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration: Policy Implications
14 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2012
Date Written: June 15, 2012
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, now in negotiation among nine Asia-Pacific countries, could yield annual global income gains of $295 billion (including $78 billion for the United States) and offers a pathway to free trade in the Asia-Pacific with potential gains of $1.9 trillion. The TPP’s expected template promises to be unusually productive because it offers opportunities for the leading sectors of emerging-market and advanced economies. An ambitious TPP template would generate greater benefits from integration than less demanding alternatives, but it will be harder to sell to China and other key regional partners as the TPP evolves toward wider agreements. The importance of Asia-Pacific integration argues for an early conclusion of the TPP negotiations, without jeopardizing the prospects for regionwide or even global agreements based on it in the future.
Keywords: Trans-Pacific Partnership, FTAs
JEL Classification: F12, F13, F14, F15, F17
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