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Hardcover | Out of Print | 609 pp. | 6.2 x 9 in | March 1999 | ISBN: 9780262024501
Paperback | $43.00 X | £35.95 | 609 pp. | 6.2 x 9 in | March 1999 | ISBN: 9780262527255
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Trading Blocs

Alternative Approaches to Analyzing Preferential Trade Agreements


The recent proliferation of free trade areas and customs unions in the world trading system has led to an explosive revival of interest in the economic analysis of Preferential Trade Arrangements (PTAs). The principal theoretical question of the 1950s and 1960s (Viner) was whether PTAs would create or divert trade, causing welfare improvement or loss. The principal theoretical question (Bhagwati) of the late 1980s and 1990s has been whether PTAs encourage or discourage the worldwide nondiscriminatory freeing of trade. The essays in this volume present the central contributions to the analytical approaches developed to examine these questions.The first section of the book presents a synthesis and analytical guide to the issues, and to the theoretical research, as they have developed since 1950. The following sections contain the theoretical contributions themselves, grouped by analytical approach. This volume will enable graduate students, scholars of PTAs, and policymakers concerned with trade liberalization to grasp the analytical relationships among the sometimes disparate contributions of nearly a half century of theoretical research on PTAs.

Richard Baldwin, Jagdish Bhagwati, Richard Brecher, C. A. Cooper, W. Max Corden, Alan Deardorff, Ronald Findlay, Earl Grinols, Gene Grossman, Elhanan Helpman, Harry G. Johnson, Murray C. Kemp, Pravin Krishna, Paul Krugman, Philip Levy, R. G. Lipsey, B. F. Massell, Robert Mundell, Arvind Panagariya, Martin Richardson, T. N. Srinivasan, Robert Stern, Lawrence Summers, Jacob Viner, Henry Y. Wan, Jr.

About the Editors

Jagdish N. Bhagwati is University Professor of Economics, Law, and International Relations at Columbia University and former Adviser to the Director General of GATT, Arthur Dunkel. He is the author (with Arvind Panagariya) of Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries.

Pravin Krishna is Chung Ju Yung Distinguished Professor of International Economics at Johns Hopkins University.

Arvind Panagariya is Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), Government of India, and Professor of Economics in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.