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Fast-track authority: A hold-up interpretation

Celik, L. ORCID: 0000-0002-7668-6358, Karabay, B. and McLaren, J. (2020). Fast-track authority: A hold-up interpretation. Journal of International Economics, doi: 10.1016/j.jinteco.2020.103392


Under Fast-Track Authority (FT), the US Congress commits to an up-or-down vote without amendments for any trade agreement presented for ratification. We interpret FT in terms of a hold-up problem. If the US negotiates an agreement with a smaller economy, businesses there may make sunk investments for the US market. At the ratification stage, the partner economy will be locked in to the US in a way it was not previously and Congress can make changes adverse to the partner, so to convince the partner to negotiate, it must first commit not to amend the agreement. FT is then Pareto-improving.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2020. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Fast-track authority, Trade policy, Hold-up, Rules of origin, Trade agreements
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2020 09:50
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