OECD Trade Policy Papers

1816-6873 (online)
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This series is designed to make available to a wider readership selected trade policy studies prepared for use within the OECD.

NB. No. 1 to No. 139 were released under the previous series title OECD Trade Policy Working Papers.


Transparency Mechanisms and Non-Tariff Measures

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Evdokia Moïsé
01 Apr 2011
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Lack of regulatory transparency is a major and recurrent obstacle for businesses seeking to trade internationally. This study finds that transparency mechanisms applied at different stages of the design, finalisation and implementation of domestic regulation have allowed countries to reduce administrative burdens, generate savings both for the administration and for the private sector and maintain a relation of confidence conducive to a smoother enforcement of related policies. They have also helped them enhance the readability of laws and regulations and the predictability of their enforcement (thus further reducing indirect business costs), and prevent potential frictions with trading partners. The resulting improvements in terms of potential business costs can strongly influence the attractiveness of the country for foreign investors.
administrative burdens, non-tariff measures, market access, public consultation, regulatory impact assessment, transparency, regulation
JEL Classification:
  • F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy ; International Trade Organizations
  • F14: International Economics / Trade / Empirical Studies of Trade
  • H83: Public Economics / Miscellaneous Issues / Public Administration ; Public Sector Accounting and Audits
  • L51: Industrial Organization / Regulation and Industrial Policy / Economics of Regulation
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