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Journal of Economic Integration 2006 December;21(4) :657-680.
EU Preferential Trading Arrangements with the Caribbean: A Grim Regional Economic Partnership Agreements?

David GreenawayChris Milner 

University of Nottingham
Copyright ©2006 Journal of Economic Integration

The European Union (EU) has more preferential trading arrangements than any other trading entity. For a quarter of a century African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries have benefited from unreciprocated preferential access to the EU market under a succession of Lomé Arrangements. Sunset provisions now apply to these concessions and after 2007 unreciprocated preferences will end. The EU is proposing that a network of regional Economic Partnership Agreements (REPAs) replace Lomé. This is a new form of regional trading arrangement for both the EU and ACP countries. In this paper we develop an analytical framework for evaluating the impact effects of a REPA and apply this to estimate costs and benefits in the CARICOM region. Our results suggest that a REPA would be inferior on welfare grounds to either extended reciprocity with the EU and US, or broader multilateral liberalisation.

JEL classification: F15

Keywords: EU preferences | Partnership agreements
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