Date of Award

1-1-2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Peter Sai-wing Ho

Keywords

ASEAN, Foreign Investment, Market Access, NAFTA, PTAs and Development, Regional Economic Integration

Abstract

The importance of PTAs in today's global economic order is unmistakable, especially during the last fifteen years when their proliferation has dramatically accelerated and their scope and structure have radically changed. However, the available theoretical framework (international trade theories) from which their developmental impact is assessed seems to be largely lagging behind. Hence, there is a crucial need for more realistic assessments of their embedded developmental features because an increasing number of developing countries are perceiving these agreements as one of the key instruments to propel their long delayed economic development. In this thesis, I strive to construct an alternative theoretical framework that can better adapt to current PTAs' structures, allowing a more realistic assessment of their economic impact on developing countries. By following this alternative approach, I comparatively assess the development drive of two of today's most important PTAs, namely NAFTA and ASEAN. The main conclusion echoes an increasing literature that warns developing countries from engaging in "reciprocal" North-South PTAs, but at the same time, encourages them to pursue South-South integration, which can prove to be beneficial for their development.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jose Luis Ramirez

File size

131 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Economics, Economics, Commerce-Business, International law

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