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Regional integration and the new type of commercial warfare

Rotaru, Marius-Petre (2008): Regional integration and the new type of commercial warfare. Published in: Annals of Faculty of Economics, Oradea , Vol. 17, (2008): pp. 469-473.


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The lowest the number of the regional integration areas, the higher the propensity for protectionism (Krugman). The revival of regional protectionism measures meets the case of a commercial warfare. In the largest integrated market, investors must “play” by strict rules, so that a balance between productivity and risk should be kept. The elasticity in replacing the goods interchanged across local areas commensurate with the frequency of intra-regional and extra-regional goods replacement by consumers, depending on how prices evolve. The challenge of cross-area regional integration commercial warfare might lessen to the extent that these few areas are strong enough to build their global commercial relationships upon cooperative arrangements rather then conflict-wise solutions.

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