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Numbers and Geography

Richard Pomfret

in The Economics of Regional Trading Arrangements

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199248872
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248877.003.0011
 Numbers and Geography

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Deals with the fundamental question of what should be the unit of analysis in trade theory, which has been driven in part by difficulty in determining the analytical status of the EU; is intra‐EU trade international or domestic trade? Presents models of the economic determinants of the number of nations (Sect. 1) and the optimum size of nations (Sect. 3). Also addresses the issues of which partners will be selected for RTAs (Sect. 2) and of sub‐regional zones that cover regions of more than one country but not the entire national economies (Sect. 4), as well as other geographical issues.

Keywords: European Union; regional trading arrangement; sub‐regional zones; trade; unit of analysis

Chapter.  7143 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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