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Choosing formulas for market access negotiation: efficiency and market access considerations

Vlad Manole, Will Martin () and Joseph Francois

No 3474, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: An important issue in multilateral trade negotiations is the approach taken to reduce tariffs. The authors believe that there are important advantages in formula approaches and survey a range of options between the sharply top-down Swiss formula and proportional cuts in tariffs. Over the range the authors consider, they find that the economic efficiency impacts for the importer are not greatly influenced by the extent to which higher tariffs face bigger cuts. However, top-down approaches appear to be more effective in reducing tariff escalation, and provide greater market access gains to poor countries.

Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Transport and Trade Logistics; Common Carriers Industry; Export Competitiveness; Trade Policy; TF054105-DONOR FUNDED OPERATION ADMINISTRATION FEE INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT; Export Competitiveness; Environmental Economics&Policies; World Trade Organization; Trade Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-01-01
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