Regional Trade Blocs. The Way to the Future?

Can RTAs become an engine of growth for middle-income countries in the postcrisis period and at the same time serve as building blocks toward global free trade?

What follows is an evaluation of the most significant regional trade pacts in the Eastern Europe, Latin America, and East Asia regions that will assess the potential of regional integration as a relevant instrument for achieving higher growth rates and lower unemployment in the postcrisis period.