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Economic integration effects

Economic integration involves at least two countries to abolish customs tariffs on inner border between the states. This causes a number of effects while the phenomenon itself has specific properties for its successful development.


It requires a lot of coherence of the policies (customs, tax, financial, social policies etc. and entity registration) applied in integrated states. Economic parameters (domestic savings rate, tax rates, etc.) are striving to one single multitude. Coherence policy finally leads to equal multi-dimensional economic space within integrated area. At the same time, it is very similar to the process of mixing differently coloured liquids in a retort: coherence leads to one final colour in a retort.[1]

It needs permanency of economic integration stages applied to unified states (free trade area, customs union, economic union, political union). Otherwise integration process stagnates, finally leading to termination of economic unions (Belgium-Luxemburg Union).

Economic integration leads to Pareto-reallocation of the factors (labor and capital) which move towards their better exploitation. Labor moves to area of higher wages, while capital - to area with higher returns. It was found [2] that the pair of the value added of sectors and labor disperse within a region in the same way as heat or gas in a space. Domestic saving rates in the member states of economically integrated region strive to the one and same magnitude, described by the coherence policy of economic blocks. At the same time, practical observation shows that this phenomenon is taking place before formal creation of economic unions.

Formulation of economic integration theory has been initiated by Jacob Viner who described trade creation and trade diversion effects caused by economic integration. They actually mean a change in direction of interregional trade flows respectively caused by the change of tariffs within and outside economic union. The dynamics of trade creation and diversion effects was mathematically described by R.T.Dalimov. The finding shows that trade flow (an output moving from region to region) may be described by Navier-Stoxes equation, with the goods flow caused by the price difference - quite similar to gas or liquid moving under pressure difference.

Economic integration of states leads to the creation of the terms of trade. Economic union of states obtains more privileged position in trade negotiations.

Economic integration benefits (growth of economy, specifically the GDP; raise of productivity) depend on the level of development as well as a scale of unifiying states. For instance, if there are two states being economically integrated, than the larger is the size of economy the less it receives from integration and vice versa (observed empirically). The same principle is observed regarding the level of development of integrating states, although it is not as clear as the firstly mentioned principle. Productivity in the unified area is increased. Remarkably, it is increased more in less developed states, and vice versa (Dalimov, 2008), i.e. according to the principle observed in practice.

Among the main benefits for the countries which decided to be unified is a free access to markets of the other member states. Since the stage of the common market, or since supranational bodies of the union are created, specific regional funds are created to reallocate revenues from more developed states to less developed ones. This way development of the member states is equalized, with less developed ones developing faster, leading to an increase of their earnings per capita and thus purchasing more from more developed partner states.

Economic integration has no war consequence. The European Union has started with agreement between France, Great Britain, Belgium and Luxemburg - on the one hand, and Italy and Germany, on the other hand, fought with each other during World War II. In other words, economic integration unites nations, leading them to prosper with each other.


  1. ^ R.T.Daimov, Modelling international economic integration: an oscillation theory approach, Victoria, Trafford, 2008, 234 p./
  2. ^ Ravshanbek Dalimov, The heat equation and the dynamics of labor and capital migration prior and after economic integration, African Journal of Marketing Management vol. 1 (1), pp. 023–031, April 2009/
  • Jovanovich, М. International Economic Integration. Limits and Prospects. Second edition, 1998, Routledge.