Atlantic Economic Journal

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 209–212 | Cite as

A note on customs unions vs. non-preferential tariffs

  • Yeong-Her Yeh


It has been shown by Cooper and Massell [1965] that making a non-preferential tariff reduction is always superior to joining a customs union. The purpose of this paper is to show that if the country concerned is a large country, then joining a customs union is not necessarily inferior to making a non-preferential tariff reduction.


International Economic Public Finance Large Country Custom Union Tariff Reduction 
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  1. Cooper, C. A. and Massell, B. F., “A New Look at Customs Union Theory,”Economic Journal, 75, December 1965, pp. 742–7.Google Scholar
  2. Lipsey, R. G., “The Theory of Customs Union: A General Survey,”Economic Journal, 70, September 1960, pp. 496–513.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yeong-Her Yeh
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  1. 1.University of Hawaii at ManoaU.S.A.

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