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GTAP Resource #3281

"What are the benefits of deepening trade integration in Europe?"
by Aussilloux, Vincent, Lionel Fontagné and Charlotte Emlinger

The construction of the European Union has always relied first and foremost on a gradual economic integration process. Assessing the economic consequences of the European Union is therefore central to measure the benefits for its citizens and businesses.

At a time where EU countries are pulling together diplomatic resources in an attempt to better joined up foreign policies, and after more than 50 years of peace between the member of the European Economic Community subsequently called the European Union, economic benefits can certainly not be seen as the only reason for membership, but they remain a fundamental element of this choice.

Nowhere else than in the United Kingdom the discussion around European Union membership is more vivid. An accurate assessment of the consequences of the membership for this country is therefore central for this discussion to take place on a solid basis. The purpose of the study is to contribute to such a sound assessment. It focuses on the consequences for the European Union and the United Kingdom of completing the European Single Market. It also assesses the result for a country like the UK not to take part in further steps of that process, or for the whole of the EU not to implement the remaining steps toward a fully integrated European Single Market.

After a presentation of the context and the objectives of the study (section 1), a literature review presents the type of gains expected from the Single Market and details the previous analyses on this subject (section 2). The third section presents the methodology and the different databases used. The fourth section details the different scenario simulated with the General Equilibrium model MIRAGE. The last section comments in detail the results of the different scenarios for the UK economy.

Resource Details (Export Citation) GTAP Keywords
Category: 2010 Conference Paper
Status: Published
By/In: Presented at the 13th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis, Penang, Malaysia
Date: 2010
Created: Aussilloux, V. (4/14/2010)
Updated: Aussilloux, V. (5/28/2010)
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- Preferential trading arrangements
- Trade in services
- European Union

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