Assessing Preferential Trade Agreements using the Sussex Framework

Evans, David, Holmes, Peter, Gasiorek, Michael, Rollo, Jim and Robinson, Sherman (2007) Assessing Preferential Trade Agreements using the Sussex Framework. Trade Negotiations Insights, 6 (2). pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

Preferential trade arrangements involving developing and developed countries are proliferating. These are not only difficult to assess, but they also call on scarce analytical and negotiating resources particularly, but not only, in developing countries. The Sussex Framework, created with support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), is designed to cut through these challenges: it is a logical framework that allows the user to establish the elements of any specific proposed agreement in a clear, rigorous, and consistent way. The Framework provides diagnostic statistics from readily available trade and trade barriers databases, using them to assess a set of policy `rules of thumb¿, which permits an overall judgement to be drawn on the likely balance of economic welfare effects. The Framework deals with both shallow integration (removing border barriers) and deep integration (facilitating trade by dealing with trade-impeding factors operating behind the frontier); all in a way designed to make parsimonious use of scarce analytical and negotiating resources.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: David Evans
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:22
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2017 10:16
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25623
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