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Chand, Satish(1)

Title: Reasons for regionalism within the Pacific islands

Author: Chand, Satish
Subject:  Regionalism|Pacific Area
 Pacific Area cooperation
 Pacific Area|Economic integration.
Volume: Vol.32, 2012
Collation: p. 25-43

Abstract: This paper investigates the economic motivations for group-formation (regionalism) amongst Pacific island nations and between the island nations on the one hand and ‘the big island nations’ Australia and New Zealand on the other. The case for regionalism to increase flows of merchandise trade amongst island nations is weak, that for the integration of tourism is stronger, while the case for integration of labour markets is the strongest. Gains from international trade can be raised through: (i) a unilateral shift to multilateralism with respect to merchandise trade; (ii) market-driven integration of services; and, (iii) a gradual increase in regional mobility of workers.

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