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Type: Working paper
Title: The Zollverein and the formation of a customs union
Author: Ploeckl, F.
Publisher: Department of Economic, University of Oxford
Issue Date: 2017
Series/Report no.: Discussion Papers in Economic and Social History
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Florian Ploeckl
Abstract: The Zollverein, the German customs union of, was the institutional centrepiece of Germany, s economic unification. A bargaining model is applied to analyze the structure of its negotiation process and accession sequence. The existence of negative coalition externalities, the effect of a coalition on non-participants, led Prussia to choose sequential over multilateral negotiations. The nature of these externalities within the areas of financial revenues, trade policy and domestic political economy also explains the observed accession sequence. The choice of a customs union as institutional structure allowed Prussia to extract higher concessions from other states due to stronger coalition externalities.
Keywords: Customs Union, trade agreements, coalition externalities
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030100150
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