Remake trade through a US-EU trade partnership

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 1 October 2010

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Americans may be from Venus, and Europeans from Mars; we clearly have different views about the role of government in the domestic and global economy. But Americans and Europeans have long collaborated to expand trade, enhance human welfare, and encourage employment.

Topics: EU policies, International trade
Tags: EU, trade policy, WTO

A future agenda for EU trade policy as if the real world really mattered

Simon J Evenett, 25 September 2010

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The 27 member states of the European Union pool their sovereignty on commercial policy matters, with the European Commission negotiating on their behalf. This institutional arrangement – representing over 10 trillion US dollars of spending power per annum and several trillion dollars of overseas investments – should confer upon EU negotiators substantial clout.

Topics: EU policies, International trade
Tags: EU, trade policy, WTO

Tilting the playing field: FTAs and the changing pattern of protection

Thomas Prusa, Robert Teh, 15 September 2010

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Two of the most popular changes in trade policy in recent years are free-trade agreements and using antidumping duties to restrict trade from low-wage countries.

Topics: International trade
Tags: antidumping, free-trade agreements, protectionism, WTO

Contagious FTAs: New evidence on the domino theory of regionalism

Dany Jaimovich, Richard Baldwin, 2 September 2010

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Regionalism is sweeping the world trade system like wildfire. Multilateral WTO talks, meanwhile, proceed at a glacial pace. This correlation has led many observers to fear that regionalism’s boon is multilateralism’s bane.

Topics: International trade
Tags: multilateralism, regionalism, WTO

Resources trade and the WTO

Michele Ruta, 4 August 2010

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Trade in natural resources accounts for a growing share of world trade and a growing share of policymakers’ attention.

Topics: Development, Environment, International trade
Tags: natural resources, trade policy, WTO

Let’s do a Doha deal

Robert Z. Lawrence, Gary Clyde Hufbauer, 6 July 2010

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When it comes to the WTO’s Doha Round of trade negotiations, the resolution that came out of the G20 meeting in Toronto can be characterised as vapid. The best the G20 could do was to reiterate their support for achieving an agreement and direct their negotiators to “report on progress at our next meeting in Seoul where we will discuss the way forward”.

Topics: International trade
Tags: China, Doha, US, WTO

Doha and development: Market access, trade costs and aid for trade

Bernard Hoekman, 19 June 2010

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The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, the precursor to the WTO, was a club that allowed for membership à la carte.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

Alternatives to consensus at the WTO

Philip Levy, 19 June 2010

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The trade negotiations known as the Doha Development Agenda were launched in 2001 and scheduled to conclude at the end of 2005. That did not happen. Nor did they conclude in 2006, 2007, or 2008, despite urgent importuning and gatherings of dignitaries.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

Needed: A new approach to reduce regulatory barriers to trade

Geza Feketekuty, 19 June 2010

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As the WTO negotiations have moved from a focus on reducing tariffs to addressing barriers to trade, the traditional GATT mercantilist bargaining process has become less effective. This process proved highly successful in past rounds of multilateral trade negotiations in reducing tariffs because it enabled countries to obtain a double bargain.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

The WTO dispute settlement system would survive without Doha

Chad P Bown, 19 June 2010

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What do you get when you combine a sudden collapse in world trade, a global recession, a stalled round of multilateral negotiations, and a moderate-to-substantial increase in measurable protectionism? The answer, somewhat surprisingly, has been remarkably little trade friction – at least as measured by the number of trade disputes brought to the WTO’s dispute settlement mechanism.

Topics: Global governance, International trade
Tags: Doha Round, international trade, WTO

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