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The design of international trade agreements: introducing a new dataset

Dür, Andreas, Baccini, Leonardo ORCID: 0000-0002-6027-9192 and Elsig, Manfred (2014) The design of international trade agreements: introducing a new dataset. Review of International Organizations, 9 (3). pp. 353-375. ISSN 1559-7431

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11558-013-9179-8


Preferential trade agreements (PTAs) have been proliferating for the last twenty years. A large literature has studied various aspects of this phenomenon. Until recently, however, many large-N studies have paid only scant attention to variation across PTAs in terms of content and design. Our contribution to this literature is a new dataset on the design of trade agreements that is the most comprehensive in terms of both variables coded and agreements covered. We illustrate the dataset's usefulness in re-visiting the questions if and to what extent PTAs impact trade flows. The analysis shows that on average PTAs increase trade flows, but that this effect is largely driven by deep agreements. In addition, we provide evidence that provisions that tackle behind-the-border regulation matter for trade flows. The dataset's contribution is not limited to the PTA literature, however. Broader debates on topics such as institutional design and the legalization of international relations will also benefit from the novel data.

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Additional Information: © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 13:38
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 05:21

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