Joseph Francois, G. Wignaraja,
"Economic Implications of Asian Integration"
, in Global Economy Journal, Serie 1, Vol. 8, Nummer 3, Berkley Electronic Press, 2008
Economic Implications of Asian Integration
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The Asian countries are once again focused on options for large, comprehensive regional integration schemes. In this paper we explore the implications of such broad-based regional trade initiatives in Asia highlighting the bridging of the East and South Asian economies. We work with a global general equilibrium model of the world economy, benchmarked to a projected 2017 sets of trade and production patterns. We also work with gravity-model based estimates of trade costs linked to infrastructure, and of barriers to trade in services. Interestingly, we find that with the widest of agreements, the insiders benefit substantively in terms of trade and income while the aggregate impact on outside countries is negligible. Broadly speaking, a pan-Asian regional agreement would appear to cover enough countries, with a great diversity in production and incomes, to actual