報告題目：Impact of FTA on Trade for Australia: AANZFTA
報告嘉賓：Shandre M. Thangavelu（University of Adelaide, Australia）時 間：2019年11月20日(周三) 16:00-17:30
主 持 人：張艷副教授
聯 系 人：王峰
Professor Shandre M. Thangavelu is currentlythe Vice-President of Jeffrey Cheah Institute for Southeast Asia and Senior Fellow at Jeffrey Sachs Centre for Sustainable Development at Sunway University, Malaysia. He also holds a joint appointment as Regional Director (Southeast Asia) at Centre for International Economic Studies, Institute of International Trade, University of Adelaide, Australia.He is also the Director of Asia Growth Research Centre at University of Adelaide. Professor Shandre Thangavelu was also appointed into the Governing Board for the Work, Safety, Health Institute (WSHI) of Singapore. He is also the member of the Competition Commission Appeal Board in Singapore. Shandre Thangavelu was the Managing Editor for Asian Economic Journal (AEJ) in 2009 and currently appointed as the Editor in 2018. He was also appointed as the Fellow of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) in 2017.
This paper examines the impact of ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) on Australian trade and in particular on imports from ASEAN member countries to Australia. This paper explicitly examines the FTA utilization (AANZFTA) by ASEAN countries (10 ASEAN countries) at 6 digit-trade classification from 2012-2016 using Australian customs data. We implement the Hayakawa and Shiino (2018) model of FTA utilization based on preferential tariff margin. The study accounts for both multilateral and bilateral FTAs across the countries in study. The result indicate that the preferential margin is positive indicating positive impact on FTA utilization. However, the results also indicate that the utilization rates of AANZFTA are low across the ASEAN countries as compared to bilateral FTAs in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. We also found exporting-effects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam. The learning-effects of using FTAs are also strong in our study. We also found evidence of co-sharing rule in the FTA tends to increase the utilization of FTAs.