Regional economic cooperation in South Asia: a literature review


This chapter discusses the recent literature on regional trade cooperation worldwide and contributes to the debate on RTAs by providing arguments for and against them. After examining the ‘natural trading partner’ hypothesis as a criterion for the success of RTAs, the chapter highlights some earlier and recent studies on regional trade cooperation in South Asia. Lastly, the chapter evaluates the desirability of SAFTA by analyzing various studies, and develops the agenda for later chapters.

Key words

regional trade agreement

South Asia

economic cooperation

Recent literature on regional trade cooperation worldwide

This section reviews significant/recent studies on ...

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