Economic Assessment of the KOREA–US FTA

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Cheong, In Kyo
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Center for Social Sciences, Seoul National University
Korean Social Sciences Review(KSSR), Vol.2 No.1, pp. 33-94
KOREA-US FTAMarket AccessFTA RoadmapTrade PolicyCGE JEL Classification: F15, F55, F13, and F11Korea
Translated from an article published in the Journal of Korean Economic Analysis

14(2): 213-283, 2008 with permission from the Korea Institute of Finance.
Discussions about the KORUS FTA began in the mid-1980s; however, due to the immaturity

of domestic motivation to push forward, full-scale talks didnt begin until 2004. The KORUS

FTA, the negotiations for which began in June of 2006, with additional negotiations in 2007,

was officially signed in late June of 2007. The KORUS FTA is expected to have a major

impact on the Korean economy relative to the other FTAs that have already been established.

It is also expected to have a significant impact on trade by Korea and on FTA policies as a


Within the framework of the KORUS FTA, there are sensitive issues, but the general

consensus is that it is considerably in agreement with Koreas national interests through

its coverage and its high level of market access. It is generally viewed that the agreement

was improved in many aspects and that the risks of implementing the sensitive points were

minimized by way of exceptions and added terms. However, based on differing perspectives

on establishing an FTA with the US, some radical evaluations have begun to appear.

This paper aims to evaluate the KORUS FTA by analyzing the process involved, the main

issues raised during the negotiations, and its economic impact. In the conclusion section, the

author points out the need to strengthen the Korean trade policy system with the beef crisis

as the stimulus for this, so as to foster the growth of communications between civic groups

and interested parties and to solidify the convergence of opinions. Also discussed is the

need for the early ratification and execution of a reasonable agreement to realize the gains

expected from the KORUS FTA.
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