Free Trade Areas in East Asia: Discriminatory or Non-Discriminatory?

28 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2005


The debates on regional trade arrangements in East Asia focus on whether the RTAs can be net trade creating or diverting, and whether they impede multilateral trade liberalisation or not. This paper attempts to answer these questions by quantitatively estimating the economic impact of possible East Asian free trade areas based on a bilateral gravity model, and evaluating the main characteristics of the proposed FTAs. We find that the trade creation effect expected from the proposed East Asian FTAs such as a China-Japan-Korea or an ASEAN plus three (China, Japan, Korea) FTA will be significant enough to overwhelm the trade diversion effect. We also judge that East Asian FTAs will likely be a building block for a global free trade.

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Lee, Jong-Wha and Park, Innwon, Free Trade Areas in East Asia: Discriminatory or Non-Discriminatory?. Available at SSRN:

Jong-Wha Lee (Contact Author)

Korea University ( email )

Anam-dong, Sungbuk-Ku
Dept. of Economics
Seoul, 136-701
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Innwon Park

Korea University ( email )

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