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7 - EU Trade Agreements and Non-Trade Policy Objectives

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  19 October 2023

Miriam Manchin
Politecnico di Milano
Laura Puccio
Université Libre de Bruxelles
Aydin B. Yildirim
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
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The EU’s common commercial policy is used as an instrument to realize its values in EU trading partners, reflected in the inclusion of sustainable trade and development chapters in EU preferential trade agreements (PTAs). This chapter asks if including non-trade provisions (NTPs) in EU PTAs has a systematic positive effect on non-trade outcomes in partner countries. It analyzes the relationship between bilateral trade flows, the coverage of NTPs in EU PTAs and the performance of EU partner countries on several non-trade outcome variables using synthetic control methods. It finds no robust evidence of a causal effect of including NTPs in EU PTAs on indicators of non-trade outcomes.

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Print publication year: 2023

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