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Unpublished Paper
The Zollverein and the Formation of a Customs Union
Oxford University Economic and Social History Discussion Paper Nr.84 (2010)
  • Florian Ploeckl, University of Oxford
Abstract
The Zollverein, the German customs union of 1834, was the institutional centrepiece of Germany’s economic unification. A bargaining model is applied to analyze the structure of its negotiation process and accession sequence. The existence of negative coalition externalities, the effect of a coalition on non-participants, led Prussia to choose sequential over multilateral negotiations. The nature of these externalities within the areas of financial revenues, trade policy and domestic political economy also explains the observed accession sequence. The choice of a customs union as institutional structure allowed Prussia to extract higher concessions from other states due to stronger coalition externalities.
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Florian Ploeckl. "The Zollverein and the Formation of a Customs Union" Oxford University Economic and Social History Discussion Paper Nr.84 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ploeckl/3/