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Government Strategy and Support for Regional Trade Agreements: The Case of Thailand

Kazunobu Hayakawa (), Nuttawut Laksanapanyakul, Pisit Puapan and Sasatra Sudsawasd
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Nuttawut Laksanapanyakul: Science and Technology Development Program, Thailand Development Research Institute, Thailand
Pisit Puapan: Fiscal Policy Office, Ministry of Finance, Thailand
Sasatra Sudsawasd: School of Development Economics, National Institute of Development Administration, Thailand

No DP-2015-37, Working Papers from Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Abstract: Academic literature has theoretically discussed government strategy on regional trade agreements (RTAs) and has empirically identified some elements that play significant roles for that. The purpose of this study is to check the validity of these elements by means of a questionnaire survey of government officials in Thailand. For example, it asks how the officials choose the RTA partners, the products to be excluded from liberalization, and the liberalization patterns. Furthermore, in order to clarify who has influence on the officials' decision, the survey asks the order of priority among several kinds of stakeholders. Our findings provide valuable insight about understanding the formulation process of trade negotiation strategy and the motivation for different liberalization patterns from the policy-makers' perspective.

Keywords: Regional trade agreements; Government; Thailand (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2015-05
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