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Mario Larch's Regional Trade Agreements Database

This database includes all multilateral and bilateral trade agreements as notified to the World Trade Organization for the last 68 years from 1950 to 2017. There is a total of 499 agreements in the dataset that are differentiated along five different categories. Additionally there are variables indicating whether countries were founding members or joined later.

There are two files:

  • rta_20181107.dta (10,8 MB): this file includes dummies for “rta”, “cu”, “fta”, “eia”, “ps”, “cuandeia”, and “ftaandeia”.
  • rta_individual_agreements_20181107.dta (29,7 MB): Is identical to rta_20181107.dta but includes three dummies for each of the 468 individual agreements that allow to distinguish the agreements and to distinguish between entry into force of agreements and enlargements.

See readme_RTA.pdf for a detailed description of the data, the countries and time period covered.

The underlying do-files have passed several rounds of debugging. If you still find factual errors or typos in our code, we would be very grateful if you let us know.

In case you use our data, we would kindly like to ask you to refer to the data as:

“Mario Larch’s Regional Trade Agreements Database from Egger and Larch (2008)” where Egger and Larch refers to the following paper: Egger, Peter H. and Mario Larch (2008), Interdependent Preferential Trade Agreement Memberships: An Empirical Analysis, Journal of International Economics 76(2), pp. 384-399.

Papers which use this database:

Anderson, James E., Mario Larch, and Yoto V. Yotov (2015), Trade and Growth: A Structural Gravity Approach, NBER Working Paper No. 21377

Bergstrand, Jeffrey H., Peter H. Egger, and Mario Larch (2015), Economic Determinants of the Timing of Preferential Trade Agreement Formations and Enlargements, Economic Inquiry 54(1), pp. 315-341

Egger, Peter and Mario Larch (2011), An Assessment of the Europe Agreements’ Effects on Bilateral Trade, GDP, and Welfare, European Economic Review 55(2), pp. 263-279.

Egger, Peter H., Mario Larch, Kevin Staub, and Rainer Winkelmann (2011), The Trade Effects of Endogenous Preferential Trade Agreements, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 3(3), pp. 113-143.

Felbermayr, Gabriel, Benedikt Heid, Mario Larch, and Erdal Yalcin (2015), Macroeconomic Potentials of Transatlantic Free Trade: A High Resolution Perspective for Europe and the World, Economic Policy, 83(3), pp. 491-537.

Heid, Benedikt and Mario Larch (2012), International Trade and Unemployment: A Quantitative Framework (with Benedikt Heid), CESifo Working Paper No. 4013; Journal of International Economics, 101, 2016, pp. 70-85.

Larch, Mario, Joschka Wanner, and Yoto V. Yotov (2018), Bi- and Unilateral Trade Effects of Joining the Euro, Economics Letters 171, pp. 230-234.

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