Potential Economic Effects of TTIP for the Netherlands and the EU
Author: Hugo Rojas-Romagosa
Series: CEPS Working Document No. 425 No of pp: 31
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a comprehensive preferential trade agreement that is expected to have a significant effect in EU and US bilateral trade and investment relations. As the negotiations are ongoing, this paper uses a scenario analysis to estimate the potential effects of TTIP under likely negotiated outcomes. In our main scenario, we assume a final trade deal where current tariffs are eliminated and non-tariff barriers are significantly reduced. Using a CGE model (WorldScan), we simulate the potential economic effects for the Netherlands and the EU. We find that US-Dutch bilateral trade doubles and this is translated into a positive but moderate effect on income of 1.7% for the Netherlands by the year 2030. These potential gains are higher than those for the EU and the US (both around 1%).
Keywords: TTIP, preferential trade agreements, CGE models
JEL Classification: F13, F17, C68
Hugo Rojas-Romagosa is a research economist at the CPB Netherlands Bureau of Economic Policy Analysis, in the Hague.