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Type: Journal article
Title: Developing-country agriculture and the new trade agenda
Author: Hoekman, B.
Anderson, K.
Citation: Economic Development and Cultural Change, 2000; 49(1):171-180
Publisher: Univ Chicago Press
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 0013-0079
Abstract: A question confronting WTO members will be to what extent so-called new trade agenda items-which revolve around disciplining domestic regulatory policies-should be subject to negotiations. We argue in this article that inclusion of regulatory policies would help increase the role of market disciplines in the allocation of resources in the agricultural sector and induce nonagricultural groups to counterbalance forces favoring agricultural protection. We also argue that market-access negotiations should be given priority, as the potential welfare gains from liberalization are likely to be substantially larger than those from rule making. We suggest that rule-making efforts be delinked from market-access talks and that generally applicable rules be negotiated as opposed to sector-specific ones.
Description: Also circulated as Policy Research Working Paper No. 2125, World Bank, Washington DC, 1999
DOI: 10.1086/452495
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