HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 19, 2010 – Dr. Suryadipta Roy, assistant professor of economics at High Point University, recently published an academic paper in the 2009 volume VIII issue of “Arthaniti,” a journal that is published by the Calcutta University in India. The journal publishes works by highly established scholars on trade and development issues.
His paper, titled “Enlargement and Common External Tariff in a Political-Economic Model of Customs Union,” is a contribution toward the literature on the impact of the preferential trading agreements (PTA) on international trade. He co-authored the paper with Subhayu Bandyopadhyay and Sajal Lahiri.
“Recently, there has been a proliferation of the PTAs,” Roy says. “A common question in this regard is whether the PTAs have acted as stepping stones or stumbling blocks toward international trade.”
His paper develops a theoretical model to explain that incorporation of politically and economically disparate member countries in a PTA can lead to higher levels of trade barriers toward non-member countries and the rest of the world, and thereby harm international trade.
Roy says that the paper is a spin-off from a broader project, and is encouraged to see his work in such a respectable journal.
“I have been particularly fortunate to work with my co-authors who are highly regarded scholars in their fields,” Roy says. “The publication of this work in an international journal, where other reputed scholars have been publishing paints HPU in a very positive light, and will familiarize its name both nationally, as well as abroad.”
Roy mentions that another version of his paper is available in the Working Paper series with the St. Louis Federal Reserve; a different version is in a revised-resubmit stage in another very highly regarded journal.
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