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Multilateralising Regionalism: Spaghetti Bowls as Building Blocs on the Path to Global Free Trade

Richard Baldwin

NBER Working Paper No. 12545
Issued in October 2006

---- Acknowledgements -----

My thanks to Theresa Carpenter for excellent research assistance. The paper pulls together thinking that I have been working on since the late 1980s, so it owes tribute to virtually all of my co-authors but especially those with whom I have written on political economy theory namely my father Robert E. Baldwin, Frederic Robert-Nicoud and Rickard Forslid. I also thank the scholars who have directly contributed data, information and insights, namely Kevin O'Rourke, Doug Irwin, Bernard Hoekman, Patrick Low, Toni Estavadeoral, Olivier Cadot, Michael Gasiorek, Peter Holmes, Michel Fouquin, Gary Hufbauer, Michael Finger, Doug Nelson, Simon Evenett, Steve Charnovitz, and Alan Winters. My understanding of East Asian regionalism was greatly influenced during a 2 week visit to JETRO'€™s Institute for Developing Economies (IDE) in January 2006, and a month long visit in 2003 to KIEP in Seoul. My thanks to my IDE hosts Masahisa Fujita and Daisuke Hiratsuka in Chiba Japan, and my hosts in Seoul Choong Yong Ahn, Hyungdo Ahn and Inkyo Cheong. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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