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How Often Are Propositions on the Effects of Customs Unions Theoretical Curiosa and When Should They Guide Policy?

Lisandro Abrego, Raymond Riezman, John Whalley

NBER Working Paper No. 8304
Issued in May 2001
NBER Program(s):   ITI

This paper uses computational techniques to assess whether or not various propositions that have been advanced as plausible in the literature on Customs Unions (or other regional trade agreements) may actually hold. The idea is to make probabilistic statements as to whether propositions of interest might hold, rather than to restrict assumptions so they unambiguously hold. Our aim is to blend theory and numerical simulation and go beyond the ambiguous analytically derived propositions that dominate the theoretical literature so as to assess the likelihood of propositions holding for particular model specifications.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w8304

Published: Abrego, Lisandro, Raymond Riezman and John Whalley. "How Often Are Propositions On The Effects Of Regional Trade Agreements Theoretical Curiosa?," Journal of International Economics, 2006, v68(1,Jan), 59-78.

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