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The Origin of Goods: Rules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements

Edited by: Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeoral, Akiko Suwa

ISBN13: 9780199290482
ISBN: 0199290482
Published: February 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £93.00

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The dark side of preferential trade agreements, Rules of Origin (RoO) are used to determine the eligibility of goods to preferential treatment. Ostensibly meant to prevent the trans-shipment of imported products across Free Trade Agreement borders after superficial screwdriver assembly, they act in reality as complex and opaque trade barriers. This book provides evidence strongly suggesting that they do so by intent rather than accidentally---in other words, that RoOs are policy.

Part one draws insights about the effects of RoOs on cross-border trade and outsourcing from recent economic theory. Part two reviews the evidence on RoOs in preferential agreements around the world, putting together the most comprehensive dataset on RoOs to date. Part three explores their "political economy"---how special interests have shaped them and continue to do so. Part four provides econometric evidence on their costs for exporters and consequent effects on trade flows. Finally, part five explores how they affect trade in the developing world where they spread rapidly and have the potential to do most harm.

Beyond the collection of new evidence and its interpretation in light of recent theory, the book's overall message for the policy community is that RoOs are a potentially powerful and new barrier to trade. Rather than being relegated to closed-door technical meetings, their design should hold center-stage in trade negotiations.

  • First book of its kind to address the growing importance of rules of origin in international trade
  • Original essays combine state-of-the-art economic theory and a wealth of fresh factual information with rigorous econometric analysis of the evidence

International Trade
Introduction: Rules of Origin in the World Trading System
Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal, Akiko Suwa Eisenmann and Thierry Verdier
Rules of Origin: Theoretical Perspectives
1. Understanding Rules of Origin
Kala Krishna
2. The Impact of Rules of Origin on Strategic Outsourcing: an IO perspective
Matthias Thoenig and Thierry Verdier
Rules of Origin in Regional Trade Agreements Around the World
3. Mapping and Measuring Rules of Origin Around the World
Antoni Estevadeordal and Kati Suominen
4. Rules of Origin for Services: Economic and Legal Considerations
Americo Beviglia-Zampetti and Pierre Sauve
The Political Economy of Rules of Origin
5. Rules of Origin as Export Subsidies
Olivier Cadot, Antoni Estevadeordal and Akiko Suwa Eisenmann
6. Rules of Origin and US Trade Policy
I.M. Destler
Measuring the Impact of Rules of Origin
7. Are Different Rules of Origin Equally Costly? Estimates from NAFTA
Celine Carrere and Jaime de Melo
8. Implementing PTAs in the Southern Cone Region of Latin America: Rules of Origin
Pablo Sanguinetti and E. Bianchi
9. Preferential Trade Agreements and the Pattern of Production and Trade when Inputs are Differentiated , Joseph Francois
Rules of Origin and Development
10. Rules of Origin as Tools of Development? Some Lessons from SADC
Hennie Erasmus, Frank Flatters and Robert Kirk
11. Trade Preferences for Africa and the Impact of Rules of Origin
Paul Brenton and Takako Ikezuki