EU Trade Agreements and Non-Trade Policy Objectives

31 Pages Posted: 16 Apr 2021

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Alessandro Ferrari

University of Zurich - Department of Economics

Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Joseph Francois

University of Bern

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Lisa Maria Lechner

University of Innsbruck

Miriam Manchin

University College London; Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano

Filippo Santi

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: April 2021

Abstract

The EU’s common commercial policy is used as an instrument to realize its values in EU trading partners, reflected in the inclusion of sustainable trade and development chapters in EU preferential trade agreements (PTAs). In this paper we ask if including non-trade provisions (NTPs) in EU PTAs has a systematic positive effect on non-trade outcomes in partner countries. We analyze the relationship between bilateral trade flows, the coverage of NTPs in EU PTAs and the performance of EU partner countries on several non-trade outcome variables using synthetic control methods. We find no robust evidence of a causal effect of including NTPs in EU PTAs on indicators of non-trade outcomes.

Keywords: Non-trade policy objectives, EU trade agreements, trade policy, non-trade provisions

Suggested Citation

Ferrari, Alessandro and Fiorini, Matteo and Francois, Joseph and Hoekman, Bernard and Lechner, Lisa Maria and Manchin, Miriam and Santi, Filippo, EU Trade Agreements and Non-Trade Policy Objectives (April 2021). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSC 2021/48, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3827922 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3827922

Alessandro Ferrari (Contact Author)

University of Zurich - Department of Economics ( email )

Zürich
Switzerland

Matteo Fiorini

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Joseph Francois

University of Bern

Gesellschaftsstrasse 49
Bern, BERN 3001
Switzerland

Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Fiesole, Tuscany
Italy

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Lisa Maria Lechner

University of Innsbruck ( email )

Universitätsstraße 15
Innsbruck, Innsbruck 6020
Austria

Miriam Manchin

University College London ( email )

Gower Street
London, WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano ( email )

Via Conservatorio 7
Milan, 20122
Italy

Filippo Santi

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

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