Free-Trade Areas and Special Protection

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Chrysostomos Tabakis

KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Date Written: October 2013


This paper investigates the impact of regional free-trade-area (FTA) agreements on the ability of countries to multilaterally cooperate within an economic environment characterized by trade-‡flow volatility. We show that the parallel formation of different FTAs leads to a gradual but permanent easing of multilateral trade tensions. In particular, we demonstrate that the emergence of the FTAs will be accompanied by a decline in global “special”-protection activity, such as safeguard or anti-dumping initiations, but will have less significant implications for most-favored-nation tariffs, or "“normal" ”trade protection.

JEL Classification: F13, F15

Suggested Citation

Tabakis, Chrysostomos, Free-Trade Areas and Special Protection (October 2013). Available at SSRN: or

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