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What Would a Development-Friendly WTO Architecture Really Look Like?

Author/Editor: Mattoo, Aaditya | Subramanian, Arvind
Authorized for Distribution: August 1, 2003
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Summary: This paper elaborates on a number of key principles that need to underpin a coherent and development-friendly architecture for the WTO. The key principles include enlarging the scope of WTO bargaining to include labor flows as well as capital flows; creating a structure that would provide a balance between furthering liberalization and providing some discretion or policy space to accommodate the inevitable political constraints; and minimizing the extent of regulatory harmonization. These principles, while applicable to all countries, may have less immediate relevance in addressing the problems of the least developed countries.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 03/153
Subject(s): World Trade Organization | Development | Labor mobility
Author's keyword(s): WTO | architecture | development | labor mobility
 
English  
    Published:   August 1, 2003        
    ISBN/ISSN:   1934-7073   Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA1532003   Pages:   20
    Price:   US$15.00 (Academic Rate: US$15.00 )
       
     
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