Date of Award
Peter Sai-wing Ho, Ph.D.
Rudiger von Arnim
Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Foreign investment, Market access, North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, PTAs, Preferential trade agreements, Development, Regional economic integration
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.
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Ramirez, Jose Luis, "The Development Drive of North-South Versus South-South PTAs" (2008). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 537.
Received from ProQuest
Jose Luis Ramirez
Economics, Economics, Commerce-Business, International law