Pay attention to the WTO leadership contest: It matters!

Bernard Hoekman, Petros C. Mavroidis, 3 April 2013

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The Director-General race

Topics: International trade
Tags: world trade governance, WTO, WTO Director-General

Emerging-economy trade policy has become more responsive to economic shocks under the WTO

Chad P Bown, Meredith Crowley, 8 February 2013

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The use of temporary protection has spread like wildfire in recent years. Even if these measures – antidumping and anti-subsidy duties for example – are perfectly consistent with WTO trade rules, there are worries that this signals a shift to protectionism (Baldwin and Evenett 2012 and Aggarwal and Evenett 2012). But there is an alternative view.

Topics: International trade
Tags: antidumping, protectionism, temporary trade barriers, WTO

How much global trade governance should there be?

Simon Lester, 20 January 2013

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Trade agreements seem to be getting deeper, intruding on policy areas that were traditionally viewed as matters of purely national concern (WTO 2011, 2012). This differs considerably from the WTO’s original focus on protectionism (Lester 2013).

Topics: International trade
Tags: BITs, global supply chain, RTAs, WTO

China’s pure exporter subsidies: Protectionism by exporting

Fabrice Defever, Alejandro Riaño, 4 January 2013

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On 17 September last year, the US requested consultations with China concerning a wide range of export-contingent measures – grants, tax preferences and interest-rate subsidies, totalling at least $1 billion – in apparent violation of the WTO’s Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures, China’s accession protocol and article XVI of the GATT.

Topics: International trade
Tags: China, trade, welfare, WTO

WTO 2.0: Global governance of supply-chain trade

Richard Baldwin, 22 December 2012

CEPR Policy Insight No. 64 is available to download free of charge here.

URL: http://www.cepr.org/pubs/PolicyInsights/CEPR_Policy_Insight_064.asp
Topics: International trade
Tags: global value chains, supply-chain trade, WTO, WTO 2.0

Global imbalances: What role for the WTO?

Juan A. Marchetti, Michele Ruta, Robert Teh, 2 January 2013

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The world witnessed a large build-up of current account and merchandise trade imbalances, both in absolute and relative terms, prior to the global financial and economic crisis (see Table 1 and Figure 1). Current account/merchandise trade surpluses were most pronounced among the East Asian economies (e.g. China), oil exporters (e.g.

Topics: International trade
Tags: current account imbalances, liberalisation, trade, WTO

WTO 2.0: Thinking ahead on global trade governance

Richard Baldwin, 22 December 2012

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The cross-border flows of goods, investment, services, know-how and people associated with international production networks – call it ‘supply-chain trade’ for short – has transformed the world (Gereffi and Lee 2012). The WTO has not kept pace.

Topics: International trade
Tags: global value chains, supply-chain trade, WTO, WTO 2.0

The surprise end game in global trade

Kati Suominen, 20 December 2012

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With President Obama looking on, China orchestrated the launch of negotiations for a tripartite free trade deal with Korea and Japan during the recent East Asia Summit. But as much as China is assumed to be the new powerbroker in global commerce, Beijing’s moves are reactionary.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: free trade agreements, Trans-Pacific Partnership, WTO

Global trade in services: Fear, facts, and offshoring

J. Bradford Jensen, 19 November 2012

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Should the US, or indeed the EU, Japan, Canada, or Australia, fear increased trade in services? As the ‘Really Good Friends of Services’ discussions gain momentum in Geneva, it seems an important time to ask1.

Topics: International trade
Tags: global imbalances, international trade, protectionism, WTO

Non-tariff measures and the WTO

Marc Bacchetta, Cosimo Beverelli, 31 July 2012

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Data limitations make it difficult to document general trends in the use of non-tariff measures.

Topics: International trade
Tags: barriers to trade, GATT, non-tariff measures, protectionism, WTO

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