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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development$
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Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.001.0001

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Competition Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Options for Policymakers *

Competition Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Options for Policymakers *

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(p.837) Chapter 26 Competition Provisions in Regional Trade Agreements: Options for Policymakers*
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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.003.0026

The scope of competition principles, the values advanced, and the measures and sectors covered in regional trade agreements have broadened considerably in the last dozen years. Many RTAs now include not just chapters devoted to competition law and its enforcement, but seek to entrench competition principles in their overall objectives of and in the implementation of laws with potentially significant economic impact. Much of the empirical evidence concerning competition law relates to the effects of national enforcement regimes. To the extent that competition provisions in RTAs plausibly improve the enforcement record and, therefore, the deterrent effect of national competition law, then an indirect case for competition provisions in RTAs can be made. But lacking a strong evidential base, it would be better to continue to explore what is feasible and commit to undertaking evaluations of existing competition provisions on a more regular basis to add to the empirical base and guide policymaking.

Keywords:   Competition provisions in trade agreements, economic impact, national competition law

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