Mercosur - Changing Course?



Case Details Case Introduction 1 Case Introduction 2 Case Excerpts

Abstract

The case elaborates on the factors that led to the creation of Mercosur as a free trade area, especially the long-drawn out efforts for Latin American integration. The case discusses in detail Mercosur's initial successes and also its institutionalization.

It then turns the focus on to its transition into a customs union and discusses how its success was hampered by the changes in the international environment. It goes into the currency systems in Brazil and Argentina in detail and how they complicated the matter of economic cooperation between the two economies.

Business Environment Case Studies | Case Study in Management, Operations, Strategies, Business Environment, Case Studies
or
Business Environment Case Studies | Case Study in Management, Operations, Strategies, Business Environment, Case Studies
or
PayPal (9 USD)

Issues

The case is structured to achieve the following teaching objectives:

  • ┬áTo appreciate the efforts of developing economies to give up belligerent policies and strive for economic development
  • To recognize the efforts made toward Latin American integration
  • To understand the various stages and aspects of economic integration as well as the benefits and challenges in accomplishing them
  • To comprehend how the external environment can affect the growth and functioning of a trade bloc
  • To understand the interplay between national politics and regional integration

Contents
Introduction
Background Note
Creation of Mercosur: The Initial Years
Mercosur: An Incomplete Customs Union
The Crises
Effects of the Financial Crises
Exhibit

Keywords

MERCOSUR, Customs Union, The Latin American Free Trade Association, Latin American Integration Association, Free Trade Area, Common External Tariff, Tariff Barriers, Non-Tariff Barriers, Treaty of Asuncion, European Union, The Ouro Preto Protocol, Free Trade Area of the Americas, Andean, Community, South American Free Trade Area, Monetary Union, Latin American, Trade Area

Introduction - Next Page>>