The Customs Union Issue

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Oxford University Press, Jan 3, 2014 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
Jacob Viner's The Customs Union Issue was originally published in 1950 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. It set the framework for the contemporary debate over the benefits or otherwise of preferential trading agreements such as the European Union, NAFTA, and APEC. Viner developed the concepts of trade creation and diversion in this work as he pioneered the analysis of the global politics of trade agreements. This revival of Viner's classic work includes an introduction that places this book in the context of his own intellectual development and the economic and political situation of the post-WWII world. The introduction also traces the reception of Viner's work and discusses its continuing relevance for international economists, political scientists, and historians.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD TO THE 1950 EDITION GEORGE A FINCH
vii
PREFACE GENE GROSSMAN
ix
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
xi
INTRODUCTION PAUL OSLINGTON
xiii
Chapter I Introduction
1
Chapter II The Compatibility of Customs Union with the MostFavoredNation Principle
4
Chapter III Exemption from MostFavoredNation Obligations of Preferential Arrangements other than Customs Union
17
Chapter IV The Economics of Customs Unions
51
Chapter V Political Aspects of Customs Union
103
Chapter VI The Havana Charter and Customs Union
136
Chapter VII Prospects for Customs Unions
162
BIBLIOGRAPHY
177
INDEX
187
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Jacob Viner (1892-1970) was one of the great economists of the twentieth century who shaped the field of international economics. After a PhD thesis under Frank Taussig at Harvard University, he moved to University of Chicago where he built its reputation in economics with Frank Knight and others. He was then recruited by Princeton University to build what is now the leading international economics research group in the world. There, Viner also contributed as a policy advisor, mentor, and correspondent to leading economists on both sides of the Atlantic and led the late twentieth century intellectual transformation of the history of economics. Paul Oslington is an international trade economist and historian of economics who is an expert on the work of Jacob Viner. He received his degree in economics from the University of Sydney, and his work has been published in leading journals of economics and the history of economics. He is currently Professor of Economics at Australian Catholic University and has held visiting appointments at University of Oxford, University of British Columbia, and Princeton University.

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