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The trade and fiscal impact of EU/ACP economic partnership agreements on West African countries

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Abstract:

The European Union is currently negotiating free trade agreements, called Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), with African countries as part of the Cotonou Agreement between the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The paper empirically assesses the impact of the EPAs on trade flows and government revenue for 14 West African countries. The results indicate that the decline in import duties due to the preferential tariff elimination might be of some cause for concern and that complementary fiscal and economic policies have to be implemented before or at the time the EPAs come into force.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00220380701384364

Affiliations: Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA), Hamburg, Germany

Publication date: July 1, 2007

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