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Trading Up

Economic Perspectives on Development Issues in the Multilateral Trading System

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The prospect of further trade liberalisation sometimes attracts a noisy public discourse, particularly with respect to the possible implications for developing countries. This volume considers trade and development from an economic perspective, aiming to examine these emotive issues using empirical approaches and dispassionate analysis. What are the potential welfare impacts on developing countries from further liberalisation?  What economic adjustments would such liberalisation entail?  What policy options exist for developing countries seeking to seize on new market opportunities while responding to the associated structural challenges? Trading Up:  Economic Perspectives on Development Issues in the Multilateral Trading System delivers new insights from the latest OECD and World Bank research on these questions and related topics.

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Assessing Special and Differential Treatment and Aid for Trade as Complements to Multilateral Trade Liberalisation

This chapter assesses the role of Special and Differential Treatment and Aid-for-Trade in increasing the benefits to developing countries from trade reform and WTO Agreements. First, the paper provides an overview of the specific challenges faced by developing countries in adjusting to and in capturing the gains from trade liberalisation.

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