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REGIONALISM, TRADE AND GROWTH: THE CASE OF THE EU-SOUTH AFRICA FREE TRADE ARRANGEMENT

Soamiely Andriamananjara and Russell Hillberry

International Trade from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: In a sequential Computable General Equilibrium analysis, we investigate the likely effects of the EU-South Africa Free Trade agreement (FTA), with a special emphasis on South Africa’s growth prospects. We find that the FTA increases South African output and welfare. We note, however, that the gains are very modest when viewed in the context of the time period over which full adjustment to the treaty provisions is expected to occur. Only 2 percent of the economic growth expected over the next 18 years in South Africa can be linked to additional trade associated with the FTA. The long phase-in period and the partial benefits of regionalism limit the importance of trade as an engine of growth.

Keywords: Free Trade Area; South Africa; European Union (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F15 F17 F43 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2001-08-01
Note: Type of Document - PDF; prepared on PC; to print on HP/PostScript/Franciscan monk; pages: 18
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