Benefits of trade liberalisation

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  • New data visualisation for export restrictions on raw materials

    This OECD inventory reports export taxes, prohibitions, licensing requirements and other measures by which governments regulate the export of industrial raw materials (minerals, metals and wood) as well as primary agricultural products.

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  • International Trade and Investment by State Enterprises

    The recent surge in competition between state and private firms in global markets calls for a reflection on how to minimise any potentially distortionary effects on international trade and investment created by state enterprises while at the same time restraining any undue protectionist policy responses directed at them.

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  • Deep Provision in Regional Trade Agreements - How Multilateral Friendly?

    Over the past decade, an increasing number of economies have resorted to regional trade agreements (RTAs) as a means to further the market-opening and rule-making agenda. In this context, this paper addresses the question as to whether and how selected elements of RTAs could be used as ‘stepping stones’ for multilateralisation in the future.

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OECD aims to create better understanding of how trade openness can best influence economies in member countries as well as in the major emerging and non-member economies.

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  ‌‌Jagdish Bhagwati on why trade still matters

Protectionism would hurt world trade and the economic recovery, says Professor Jagdish Bhagwati in this OECD interview. He also challenges the idea that trade 'takes' jobs from developed countries.



Export Restrictions in Raw Materials Trade

This volume brings together different strands of analysis carried out by OECD since 2009 on the use of export restrictions in the trade of raw materials. The aim is to contribute to an informed policy dialogue among countries).

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‌Policy Priorities for International Trade and Jobs

How does trade in services affect jobs? Services trade is one of the areas studied in this book presenting highlights from the International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE).

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International Trade: Free, Fair and Open?

This study argues that prosperity has rarely, if ever, been achieved or sustained without trade and that policies targeting employment, education, health and other issues are also needed to promote well-being and tackle the challenges of a globalised economy.

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Trade and Economic Effects of 
Responses to the Economic Crisis

This report surveys 47 regional trade agreements in force with government procurement provisions where an OECD member is a party.

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Key Areas in Trade Liberalisation

Introduction to Benefits of Trade Liberalisation
All countries that have had sustained growth and prosperity have opened up their markets to trade and investment. By liberalising trade and capitalising on areas of comparative advantage, countries can benefit economically. Use of resources - land, labour, physical and human capital - should focus on what countries do best. Trade liberalisation measures should be taken on a multilateral basis and complemented by appropriate employment, labour and education policies, so that the benefits of trade can be shared.

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Trade in Value-Added (TiVA)
The goods and services we buy are composed of inputs from various countries around the world. However, the flows of goods and services within these global production chains are not always reflected in conventional measures of international trade. The joint OECD – WTO Trade in Value-Added (TiVA) initiative addresses this issue by considering the value added by each country in the production of goods and services that are consumed worldwide. TiVA indicators are designed to better inform policy makers by providing new insights into the commercial relations between nations.

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Trade in raw materials
Prices for many raw materials have increased significantly over the past few years. At the same time, producer countries are making greater use of measures which raise export prices, limit export quantity or place other conditions on exports. Countries use these export restrictions as a way to increase revenue, decrease domestic prices, promote downstream processing industries or conserve natural resources.

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Regional Trade Agreements
Regional trade agreements (RTAs) cover more than half of international trade and operate alongside global multilateral agreements under the World Trade Organization (WTO). OECD analyses the services trade elements of regional trade agreements, examining how trade has been influenced and what further measures countries can take.

» Examine OECD work on RTAs

Services and Jobs (ICITE)
The International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE) aims to seek a better understanding of how trade interacts with employment, promote discussion on these issues and develop policy-relevant conclusions.

» Explore the issues surrounding services and jobs

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