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Globalization in an Age of CrisisMultilateral Economic Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century$
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Robert C. Feenstra and Alan M. Taylor

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226030753

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226030890.001.0001

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Can the Doha Round Be a Development Round?: Setting a Place at the Table

Can the Doha Round Be a Development Round?: Setting a Place at the Table

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(p.91) 3 Can the Doha Round Be a Development Round?: Setting a Place at the Table
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Globalization in an Age of Crisis
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Kyle Bagwell

Robert W. Staiger

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226030890.003.0004

The authors argue that certain features in the design of the current WTO round, as well as a number of path-dependent conditions inherited from past trade rounds, may make success difficult to attain. First, the attempt to maintain a “special and differential treatment” (SDT) regime in the negotiations for developing countries — that is, an exception to the usual norm of reciprocity as in the case of developed countries — may prove to be a significant barrier to the achievement of successful negotiations. Developing countries also face the problem of being “latecomers” to negotiations, meaning that developed nations have already removed tariff cuts on a wide range of goods making reciprocal bargaining difficult. Another design problem in the Doha round concerns agriculture, where the setup tries to encourage reductions in home agricultural subsidies. In this setting, unlike symmetric market-access bargaining over tariffs, the gains may be small, hard to identify, or nonexistent. Changes in the design on the Doha round may be needed if negotiations are to move forward.

Keywords:   World Trade Organization, Reciprocal bargaining, Doha Round, Reciprocity

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