Assessing the economic impacts of the EU-Singapore FTA with a dynamic general equilibrium model

Kutlina-Dimitrova, Zornitsa; Lakatos, Csilla
September 2014
International Economics & Economic Policy;Sep2014, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p277
Academic Journal
Negotiations for the EU-Singapore FTA were concluded on December 6, 2012. Given that this is the EU's first FTA with an ASEAN member country and the second one with a major Asian trading partner after the conclusion of the EU-Korea FTA, this agreement paves the way for future FTAs with countries in the region. The goal of this paper is to quantify the economic impacts of the EU-Singapore FTA using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model. The resutls estimated in this paper suggest that the bilateral reduction of tariff and non-tariff barriers brings benefits for both sides: Singapore GDP is expected to increase by € 2.7 billion whereas the EU gains are assessed at € 550 million. In addition, EU exports to Singapore would rise by some € 1.4 billion and Singapore's exports to the EU by some € 3.5 billion. In a complementary scenario, the current paper also assesses the value of this FTA as an insurance policy against any hypothetical tariffs hikes in Singapore to WTO bound levels. In such a 'worst case' scenario, the EU-Singapore FTA will protect EU GDP from a decrease of € 350 million and prevents a loss of € 3.7 billion EU exports to Singapore.


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