On the economics of preferential trade liberalization

The thesis investigates new aspects of the economics of preferential trade liberalization
The first chapter develops a theoretical model to explain why supranational institutions matter for deep trade liberalization. Essentially, supranational institutions drain the incentives to lobby for Non-Tariff Barriers (NTBs), as illustrated by the liberalization of NTBs in the EU
The second chapter develops a simple theory model showing the implications of Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) among developed nations for excluded developing nations. Testing the model using highly disaggregated trade data finds empirical evidence of trade-diversion ; North-North MRAs harm exports from developing countries
The third chapter investigates how Preferential Trade Agreements (PTAs) affect the range of goods exported by a country. Highly dis-aggregated data on Euro-Mediterranean trade is used to find evidence that the Euro-Mediterranean free trade agreement is expanding the range of products traded by its members

Publication infos:
Genève, Institut universitaire de hautes études internationales, 2007
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Number of pages:
132 p.
PhD Director(s):
Directeur de thèse: Professeur Richard Baldwin
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