Working Papers


  • 10-August-2010

    English

    Private Financial Sector Investment in Farmland and Agricultural Infrastructure

    Private financial sector investment in agriculture has increased, mainly because of current prospects for income generation, capital appreciation, and uncorrelated returns with equity markets and as a hedge against inflation. This paper surveys this investment activity and its impacts.

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  • 6-August-2010

    English

    The Use of International Standards in Technical Regulation

    To what extent do governments use international standards in their technical regulations? This paper looks at the electrical household appliance, natural gas equipment and telephony sectors in Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, United States and the European Union.

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  • 19-July-2010

    English

    Recent Trends in Export Restrictions

    Export restrictions on raw materials, including commodities like metals and minerals, are not always effective in meeting policy objectives and should be subject to greater transparency, says this OECD study of recent trends in these measures.

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  • 9-July-2010

    English

    Increasing the Impact of Trade Expansion on Growth: Lessons from Trade Reforms for the Design of Aid for Trade

    Aid for Trade has the potential to boost economic growth in developing countries. However, while most trade reforms have been successful, some proved unsustainable and others had little impact on growth. This paper shows the reasons why and the lessons learned.

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  • 1-July-2010

    English

    Demand Growth in Developing Countries

    A report on how growth in demand for agricultural products has evolved in developing and emerging economies, notably Brazil, Russia, India, Indonesia and China (the so-called BRIIC countries).

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  • 1-July-2010

    English

    Case Studies of Costs and Benefits of Non-Tariff Measures: Cheese, Shrimp and Flowers

    Cost-benefit analysis can help identify least-cost solutions of non-tariff measures (NTMs) designed to ensure that imported products meet domestic requirements, says this report featuring three case studies from the agri-food sector.

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  • 28-June-2010

    English

    Multilateralising Regionalism: The Case of E-Commerce

    This study analyses the extent to which e-commerce provisions in existing regional trade agreements (RTAs) can be multilateralised, and proposes two broad approaches for doing so.

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  • 24-June-2010

    English

    The Impact of Index and Swap Funds on Commodity Futures Markets: Preliminary Results

    Financial market speculation did not cause the price bubble in agricultural futures markets in 2007-08, according to this preliminary study on the impact of index and swap fund participation in these commodity futures markets.

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  • 18-June-2010

    English

    The Availability and Cost of Short-Term Trade Finance and its Impact on Trade

    Trade fell significantly in the aftermath of the financial crisis, even more than the large drop in global production levels. This paper examines to what extent short-term trade finance may have impacted trade levels before and after the crisis hit.

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  • 18-June-2010

    English, , 488kb

    International Standards and Trade - A Review of the Empirical Literature

    How do international standards affect international trade? This paper surveys empirical studies investigating this relationship, focusing on econometric studies.

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