Journal article

Leveling-up: explaining the depth of South-South trade agreements

Jonas Gamso, Evgeny Postnikov

Review of International Political Economy | Routledge | Published : 2021


Conventional wisdom holds that not all preferential trade agreements (PTAs) are alike. Trade agreements between developed and developing countries (North-South PTAs) tend to be characterized by great depth, such that they include chapters for many trade-related regulatory issues, including intellectual property, foreign investment, and investor-state dispute settlement, among other things. In this way, North-South PTAs are thought to be different from South-South PTAs (between developing countries), which are shallower and focus on removing traditional tariff barriers to trade, as opposed to tackling trade-related regulatory issues. However, some developing countries appear to prefer deeper ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are grateful to the editors and reviewers at the Review of International Political Economy, as well as to participants at the 2020 Australian International Political Economy Network (AIPEN) workshop, for helpful comments on earlier drafts of this article. We also thank Darcy Nelson and Myla Riley for research assistance and the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University for funding that supported this research.