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Title: The Purpose of Trade Agreements

Author(s): Gene M. Grossman

Publication Date: March 2016

Keyword(s): international cooperation, multilateralism, regionalism, Trade agreements and trade pacts

Programme Area(s): International Trade and Regional Economics

Abstract: This paper reviews the literature on governments' motivations for negotiating and joining international trade agreements. I discuss both normative explanations for trade agreements and explanations based on political-economy concerns. Most of the paper focuses on the purpose of multilateral agreements, but I do discuss briefly the reasons we might see governments forming preferential or regional trade agreements that exclude some countries.

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Grossman, G. 2016. 'The Purpose of Trade Agreements'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.