Click here for search results
Multilateral trade liberalization and political disintegration - implications for the evolution of free trade areas and customs unions, Volume 1
Author:Schiff, Maurice; Date Stored:2001/04/25
Document Date:2000/05/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Rules of Origin; Earth Sciences & GIS; Economic Theory & Research; Trade Policy; Free Trade; Trade and Regional IntegrationLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Economic PolicyReport Number:WPS2350
Sub Sectors:TradeCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2350
Volume No:1  

Summary: The author combines two theories - one about how multilateral trade liberalization affects regional integration, the other about how it affects political disintegration - to explain why the ratio of free trade areas to customs unions has increased over time. Ethier argues (1998, 1999) that multilateral trade liberalization led to the recent wave of regional integration arrangements. Alesina and others (1997), in discussing the number and size of countries, argue that multilateral trade liberalization leads to political disintegration, with an increase in the number of countries. Combining the two arguments, the author hypothesizes that as multilateral trade liberalization proceeds, and the number of regional integration arrangements increases, the ratio of free trade areas to customs unions also increases. The data, which show that ratio increasing in the 1990s, are consistent with the hypothesis.

Official Documents
Official, scanned versions of documents (may include signatures, etc.)
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 34 pagesOfficial version*2.38 (approx.)
TextText version**
How To Order
Light-Weight Documents
Lighter (less MB) documents which may or may not be the final, official version
File TypeDescriptionFile Size (mb)
PDF 28 pagesWPS23500.05

* The official version is derived from scanning the final, paper copy of the document and is the official,
archived version including all signatures, charts, etc.
** The text version is the OCR text of the final scanned version and is not an accurate representation of the final text.
It is provided solely to benefit users with slow connectivity.

Permanent URL for this page: