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Figuring Out the Doha Round : Policy Analyses in International Economics - Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Figuring Out the Doha Round

Policy Analyses in International Economics

Paperback Published: 15th June 2010
ISBN: 9780881325034
Number Of Pages: 220
For Ages: 22+ years old

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The Doha Round marked its eighth birthday in November 2009, making it the longest running multilateral trade negotiation in the postwar era. Doha participants continue to disagree about prospective liberalization of agriculture and manufactures and have barely begun to consider reductions in barriers to trade in services. Negotiators have missed every deadline to conclude the talks, leading some to question the viability of the entire venture. After nearly nine years of inconclusive meetings, the trade talks are at a tipping point: A global trade deal is still possible with renewed political commitment to trade reform, but continued drift could result in the first outright failure of a multilateral trade round in the postwar era.

This policy analysis shows that the Doha Round can still be successfully concluded with a concerted push by the major trading nations. Contrary to the Doha doomsayers, the potential gains from proposals now on the table are significant, albeit not sufficient to close a deal. The authors estimate the trade gains and GDP gains from a prospective Doha deal that "tops up" existing commitments to liberalize agriculture, manufactures, and services. They also suggest what each of the major trading nations needs to do to ensure the successful completion of a Doha package that is both ambitious and balanced between the interests of developed and developing countries.

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Overviewp. 1
United Statesp. 8
European Unionp. 9
Japanp. 11
Brazil, India, and Chinap. 12
Comparing Gains for Developed and Developing Countriesp. 13
p. 14
Agriculture and Nonagricultural Market Accessp. 17
Results for Agriculturep. 18
Results for Nonagricultural Market Accessp. 30
p. 37
Topping up the Doha Packagep. 81
Servicesp. 81
Chemicalsp. 86
Information Technology and Electronics/Electrical Goodsp. 90
Environmental Goodsp. 96
Trade Facilitationp. 101
Conclusionp. 105
Methodology for Reciprocity Measure and GDP Gainsp. 109
Servicesp. 117
Chemicalsp. 129
Information Technology and Electronics/Electrical Goodsp. 139
Environmental Goodsp. 177
Trade Facilitationp. 189
Measuring Trade Distortionsp. 205
Referencesp. 209
Indexp. 215
Trade gains for sample countriesp. 6
Total trade gains, with exports to the worldp. 8
Impact of trade gains on GDPp. 10
Comparison between sample and G-20 countries, 2008p. 14
Tariffs in agriculturep. 19
Bound and applied tariff rates in agriculture imposed by Brazil, China, and India on imports from the group of 15 developing countries in the samplep. 24
Gains in agriculture and NAMA expressed in terms of the reciprocity measurep. 26
Tariffs in nonagricultural market accessp. 30
Bound and applied tariff rates in NAMA imposed by Brazil, China, and India on imports from the group of 15 developing countries in the samplep. 33
GDP impacts of trade gains in agriculture and NAMAp. 35
Weighted average of bound duties, pre- and post-Dohap. 37
Cuts in bound tariffsp. 41
Bound versus applied "water levels," pre- and post-Dohap. 43
Trade-weighted average bound, MFN, and applied tariff rates, 2001, 2006, and post-Doha Roundp. 47
Weighted average of applied tariffs, pre- and post-Dohap. 51
Cuts in applied tariffsp. 55
Reciprocity measure gains from domestic support concessionsp. 57
Reciprocity measure gains from concessions in export subsidiesp. 59
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ISBN: 9780881325034
ISBN-10: 0881325031
Series: Policy Analyses in International Economics
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 220
Published: 15th June 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.34