The Impact of Preference Erosionon Middle-Income Developing Countries

Author/Editor:

Hans P Lankes ; Katerina Alexandraki

Publication Date:

September 1, 2004

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

Preference erosion has become an obstacle to multilateral trade liberalization, as beneficiaries of trade preferences have an incentive to resist reductions in mostfavored- nation (MFN) tariffs. This study identifies middle-income developing countries that are vulnerable to export revenue loss from preference erosion. It concludes that the problem is heavily concentrated in a sub-set of preference beneficiaries-primarily small island economies dependent on sugar, banana, and-to a lesser extent-textile exports. Accordingly, measures to help mitigate the impact of preference erosion can be closely targeted at the countries at risk.

Series:

Working Paper No. 04/169

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

September 1, 2004

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451858372/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1692004

Format:

Paper

Pages:

34

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