Methodology for Impact Assessment of Free Trade Agreements

Friday March 11, 2022

The purpose of this book is to display the menu of available methods for evaluating the
impact of an FTA. The book caters mainly for policy makers from developing countries and
attempts to equip these officials with some economic knowledge and techniques that will
enable them to conduct their own economic evaluation studies on existing or future FTAs,
or at the very least to critically examine the results of impact assessment studies conducted
by others. Rather than conducting an assessment of an arbitrary FTA, this book focuses on
introducing various methods that are widely used by many economists and researchers to
assess the impact of FTAs. The explanations are laid out to be as nonmathematical as possible so that any reader can follow the basic arguments of the book, although some parts
are inevitably more technical and contain some sophisticated equations.

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