Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Considerations for the Ratification Debate

11 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2016 Last revised: 4 Dec 2016

Dan Ciuriak

Ciuriak Consulting Inc.; C.D. Howe Institute; Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI); BKP Development Research & Consulting GmbH

Date Written: June 25, 2016

Abstract

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has generated a vigorous debate that features widely differing estimates of its economic impact and claims regarding its broader significance in terms of setting the rules for global trade and in terms of its geopolitical impact. This policy brief analyzes the relevance of six studies that have featured prominently in the debate about the size of the TPP's economic impact in light of the publication of the TPP text, and examines critically the TPP's potential for positive economic spillovers on third parties, its role as an instrument of economic policy more broadly, its role as an instrument for leveraging progress on non-economic objectives, and its role as an instrument of geopolitics. It draws conclusions for Canada's position on the agreement as a contribution to the ratification debate.

Keywords: Trans-Pacific Partnership, TPP, Canada, Impact Evaluation, CGE

JEL Classification: F13, F14

Suggested Citation

Ciuriak, Dan, Canada and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Considerations for the Ratification Debate (June 25, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798438

Dan Ciuriak (Contact Author)

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