Reviews - What do customers think about Expanding NAFTA: Economic Effects on Chile of Free Trade With the United States?
An Excellent Analysis of FTAs and Their Impact Oct 18, 2003
Dr. Zechner's book on the economic impact of free trade agreements contains a very valuable in-depth analysis of the issues, very helpful for international trade policy advisors, economists, government officials, globalisation activists, students and everyone interested to learn more about trade economics.
The author analyses the advantages of elimination of trade barriers between a developed and developing country and discusses the potential negative impacts and pertinent mitigation strategies. One very important, yet often overlooked area, namely environmental issues, is discussed in detail in a separate chapter dedicated to labor and environment. The book contains an analysis of the Chilean economy and the country's past and present economic policies that opened the way to free trade agreements.
It is well organized and for the busy reader, the very well written introduction provides an excellent guide to the contents of each major section of the book. It also presents, in 10 well organized appendices, a wealth of historical and economics based technical information that will help the non-specialists understand the relevant issues.
Dr. Zechner does an excellent job in explaining the complex economic issues around a free trade agreement. It should be read by everyone who always wanted to understand the benefits and costs of free trade as discussed in trade rounds at Doha and Cancun.
Well analysed and incisive Sep 12, 2003
Dr. Zechner does an excellent job of describing NAFTA's possibilities. Although it is not inevitable, NAFTA may expand and this text is essential reading for policy makers considering the implications of a free trade zone extending into South America.