DP1309 Preferential Trading Arrangements and Industrial Location
|Author(s):||Diego Puga, Anthony Venables|
|Publication Date:||December 1995|
|Keyword(s):||Agglomeration, Customs Union, Hub-and-spoke, Integration|
|JEL(s):||F12, F15, R12|
|Programme Areas:||International Trade and Regional Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=1309|
This paper considers the location effects of geographically-discriminatory trade policy. A preferential move towards a customs union attracts industry to the integrating countries. When internal barriers fall below some critical level, input-output links between imperfectly competitive firms lead some customs union countries to gain industry at the expense of others. Closer integration can bring converging industrial development to the union. A hub-and-spoke arrangement favours location in the hub, with better reciprocal access to spoke nations than to each other. Further liberalization induces agglomeration in the hub and may trigger disparities between the spokes.