Title: The United States' FTAs with Chile and Singapore

Authors: Robert C. Shelburne

Addresses: U.S. Labor Department, USA

Abstract: This paper examines the U.S. Free Trade Agreements with Chile and Singapore. The structures of the agreements are explained, the existing economic conditions of the countries are examined, the bilateral trade pattern between these nations and the United States is provided, a summary of the major existing trade barriers facing each country is detailed, and the likely economic and employment impacts are explored. These agreements not only liberalise trade, but also open service sectors, strengthen intellectual properly and foreign investment protections, liberalise immigration, and introduce labour and environmental standards. These agreements are compared to the earlier FTA with Jordan and the NAFTA with Mexico.

Keywords: United States; Chile; Singapore; USA; free trade agreements; FTA; bilateral trade patterns; trade barriers; economic impacts; employment; Jordan; NAFTA; Mexico.

DOI: 10.1504/GBER.2004.006226

Global Business and Economics Review, 2004 Vol.6 No.2, pp.210 - 229

Available online: 07 Feb 2005 *

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