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Mixing Politics and Economics: Understanding the Rise of FTAs in East Asia

Peresman, Adam LU (2014) SIMV07 20141
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Global Studies
Graduate School
Abstract
This study tests whether the rise of free trade agreements (FTAs) in East Asia since 2000 has been an attempt to manage the growing complexity of trade both between members of that region and each other, as well as between them and the rest of the world. The study uses a measure of dependency based on GDP, as well as a measure of intraindustry trade as indicators. Descriptive statistics showed that there were increases in both measures for most countries towards both the region and the rest of the world during the period of 1995 and 2010. Moreover, inferential statistics showed that only intraindustry trade for the Southeast Asian countries correlated with comprehensiveness of the FTAs (as measured by number of WTO-plus provisions in the... (More)
This study tests whether the rise of free trade agreements (FTAs) in East Asia since 2000 has been an attempt to manage the growing complexity of trade both between members of that region and each other, as well as between them and the rest of the world. The study uses a measure of dependency based on GDP, as well as a measure of intraindustry trade as indicators. Descriptive statistics showed that there were increases in both measures for most countries towards both the region and the rest of the world during the period of 1995 and 2010. Moreover, inferential statistics showed that only intraindustry trade for the Southeast Asian countries correlated with comprehensiveness of the FTAs (as measured by number of WTO-plus provisions in the FTA). The Northeast countries of China, Japan and South Korea were found to have higher numbers of both FTAs and provisions within those agreements than would be expected, if the theory and the indicators would hold. The study provides contributions both to the understanding of Asian institutionalization as well as the methodological approaches available to test the neoliberal institutionalist argument for FTAs. (Less)
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Peresman, Adam LU
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SIMV07 20141
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Asia, Asian regionalism, free trade agreements, functionalism, neoliberal institutionalism
language
English
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4610319
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  abstract     = {This study tests whether the rise of free trade agreements (FTAs) in East Asia since 2000 has been an attempt to manage the growing complexity of trade both between members of that region and each other, as well as between them and the rest of the world. The study uses a measure of dependency based on GDP, as well as a measure of intraindustry trade as indicators. Descriptive statistics showed that there were increases in both measures for most countries towards both the region and the rest of the world during the period of 1995 and 2010. Moreover, inferential statistics showed that only intraindustry trade for the Southeast Asian countries correlated with comprehensiveness of the FTAs (as measured by number of WTO-plus provisions in the FTA). The Northeast countries of China, Japan and South Korea were found to have higher numbers of both FTAs and provisions within those agreements than would be expected, if the theory and the indicators would hold. The study provides contributions both to the understanding of Asian institutionalization as well as the methodological approaches available to test the neoliberal institutionalist argument for FTAs.},
  author       = {Peresman, Adam},
  keyword      = {Asia,Asian regionalism,free trade agreements,functionalism,neoliberal institutionalism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Mixing Politics and Economics: Understanding the Rise of FTAs in East Asia},
  year         = {2014},
}