Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa-Eisenmann and Thierry Verdier

in The Origin of Goods

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780199290482
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603471 | DOI:

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This introductory chapter begins with an overview of the regionalism debate in the light of a rising globalization of the production process. It argues that depending on their design, preferential trade arrangements have the power to boost or hamper the development of ‘regional production networks’ and rules of origin are a key element. The theory of rules of origin (ROO) is briefly recalled and introduces a short presentation of the four parts of the book: theoretical perspectives, the complexity of ROO, ROO and special interests, and measuring their impacts.

Keywords: regionalism; free trade agreements; rules of origin; vertical trade

Chapter.  6336 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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