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Dealing with the Proliferation of Bilateral Trade Agreements: Consolidation, Multilateralization, Harmonization, or Dilution?

dc.contributor.authorJayant Menon
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-30T14:44:22Z
dc.date.available2015-01-30T14:44:22Z
dc.date.issued2008-09-01
dc.identifier.issn1655-5252
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11540/1778
dc.description.abstractBilateral free trade agreements (BTAs) have been proliferating. The outcome of this proliferation of often overlapping BTAs and plurilateral free trade agreements is described as the spaghetti bowl effect or, in the Asian region, the noodle bowl effect. This is costly and welfare-reducing. How should this situation be remedied? This paper evaluates the various options proposed in dealing with the spaghetti bowl. A general limitation of these proposals is their tendency to group all kinds of BTAs together and treat them as a homogeneous group. Thus, the proposals ignore underlying differences in motivation in the formation of BTAs. To overcome this, the paper develops a taxonomy for classifying BTAs by motivation before considering the effectiveness of the different remedies proposed. Each proposal has its pros and cons, and can cater to different types of BTAs. Thus, a combination of the various proposals may be warranted, even in the event of an expeditious and bona fide conclusion to the Doha Round.
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherAsian Development Bank
dc.rightsCC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.titleDealing with the Proliferation of Bilateral Trade Agreements: Consolidation, Multilateralization, Harmonization, or Dilution?
dc.typeWorking Papers
dc.subject.expertDevelopment Economics
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Development
dc.subject.expertEconomic Impact
dc.subject.expertAsian Development Bank
dc.subject.expertDevelopment
dc.subject.expertEconomic Boom
dc.subject.expertRegional Economic Integration
dc.subject.expertGood Governance
dc.subject.expertGovernance Approach
dc.subject.adbEconomic planning
dc.subject.adbEconomic structure
dc.subject.adbGrowth policy
dc.subject.adbTrade relations
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.adbEconomic development
dc.subject.adbEconomies in transition
dc.subject.adbInternational economy
dc.subject.adbBorder integration
dc.subject.adbEconomic integration
dc.subject.adbGross domestic product
dc.subject.adbTrade policy
dc.subject.adbInstitutional Framework
dc.subject.adbPublic Administration
dc.subject.adbBusiness Ethics
dc.subject.naturalRegional economics
dc.subject.naturalEconomic forecasting
dc.subject.naturalEconomic development projects
dc.subject.naturalSuccess in business
dc.subject.naturalBusiness
dc.subject.naturalFree trade
dc.subject.naturalBusiness
dc.subject.naturalEconomics
dc.subject.naturalCommunication in economic development
dc.subject.naturalRestraint of trade
dc.subject.naturalInternational economic integration
dc.subject.naturalTrade blocs
dc.subject.naturalEast-West trade
dc.title.seriesERD Working Paper
dc.title.volumeno 123
dc.contributor.imprintAsian Development Bank
oar.themeEconomics
oar.themeGovernance
oar.adminregionAsia and the Pacific Region
oar.countryBangladesh
oar.countryBhutan
oar.countryIndia
oar.countryMaldives
oar.countryNepal
oar.countrySri Lanka
oar.countryBrunei Darussalam
oar.countryCambodia
oar.countryIndonesia
oar.countryLao People's Democratic Republic
oar.countryMalaysia
oar.countryMyanmar
oar.countryPhilippines
oar.countrySingapore
oar.countryThailand
oar.countryViet Nam
oar.countryCook Islands
oar.countryFiji
oar.countryKiribati
oar.countryMarshall Islands
oar.countryMicronesia, Federated States of
oar.countryNauru
oar.countryPalau
oar.countryPapua New Guinea
oar.countrySamoa
oar.countrySolomon Islands
oar.countryTimor-Leste
oar.countryTonga
oar.countryTuvalu
oar.countryVanuatu
oar.countryAfghanistan
oar.countryArmenia
oar.countryAzerbaijan
oar.countryGeorgia
oar.countryKazakhstan
oar.countryKyrgyz Republic
oar.countryPakistan
oar.countryTajikistan
oar.countryTurkmenistan
oar.countryUzbekistan
oar.countryChina, People's Republic of
oar.countryHong Kong, China
oar.countryRepublic of Korea
oar.countryMongolia
oar.countryTaipei,China
oar.identifierOAR-001915
oar.authorMenon, Jayant
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