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Type: Journal article
Title: Regional trade liberalisation: A theoretical review of dynamic time-path and stability issues
Author: Wei, Zhang
Citation: Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, 2011; 25(1):1-14
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 0818-9935
School/Discipline: School of Economics
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Zhang Wei
Abstract: In recent years, the use of regional trade liberalisation arrangements(RTAs) has proliferated, while multilateral negotiations under the WTO have proceeded slowly, resulting in a debate over the roles of regional and multilateral liberalisation. This paper reviews the key theoretical contributions in the debate over RTAs, especially the recently developed themes addressing dynamic time-path and stability issues. However, due to the variety of motivations for RTA member countries to expand trading blocs and for non-members to seek entry, research has found few general conditions under which the formation of RTAs can become the ‘stepping stone’ or ‘stumbling block’ towards global free trade.
Rights: © 2011 The Author. Journal compilation © 2011 Crawford School of Economics and Government, The Australian National University and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
RMID: 0020110939
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8411.2011.01282.x
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