CIGI Working Paper No. 9
31 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2006
Date Written: September 2006
Recent years have witnessed a sharp increase in the number of regional trade agreements (RTAs) both concluded and under negotiation. This paper attempts to document and discuss this growth focusing on the United States (US), the European Union (EU), China, India, and the agreements of other countries. The form, coverage, and content of these agreements vary considerably from case to case. This paper poses the following questions: why so many, why the variation, and why the recent increase in RTAs? Implications for the trading system are discussed in the final section.
Keywords: United States, European Union, NAFTA, Regional Trade Agreements
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Whalley, John, Recent Regional Agreements: Why So Many, So Fast, So Different and Where Are They Headed? (September 2006). CIGI Working Paper No. 9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=941445 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.941445