Are Free Trade Agreements contagious?


a r t i c l e i n f o JEL codes: F13 F53 Keywords: Contagion index Free Trade Agreements International trade Regionalism Domino theory of regionalism This paper tests the hypothesis that the domino-like spread of regionalism is partly driven by 'defensive' FTAs, i.e. FTAs signed to reduce discrimination created by third-nation FTAs. A theory-based measure… (More)