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  • 25-January-2011

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    Food prices: tackle volatility with better functioning markets, says OECD’s Gurría

    Surging food and commodity prices are undermining efforts to tackle global poverty and hunger and threaten economic growth, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.

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  • 17-November-2010

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    The Economic Impact of Export Restrictions on Raw Materials

    Export restrictions on raw materials are applied to achieve a number of policy objectives. However, they can have a significant and negative impact on the efficient allocation of resources, international trade, and the competitiveness and development of industries in both exporting and importing countries.  

    By diverting exports to domestic markets, export restrictions raise prices for foreign consumers and importers. At the same time, by reducing domestic prices in the applying countries and increasing global uncertainty concerning future prices, export restrictions negatively affect investment, thus potentially reducing the overall supply of raw materials in the long term. In view of existing alternative policy tools that have a different impact on trade, the effectiveness of export restrictions to achieve stated policy objectives should be carefully reviewed.  

    This publication presents a selection of papers discussed at the OECD Workshop on Raw Materials, held in Paris in October 2009. This workshop was organised in response to the growing concern on the use of export restrictions on raw materials, particularly by emerging economies.

  • 9-September-2010

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    Trade and Economic Effects of Responses to the Economic Crisis

    Open markets will be necessary for a sustained economic recovery, so governments must continue to resist protectionist pressures, says this report on trade policy responses to the economic crisis.

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  • 26-August-2010

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    Trade and Economic Effects of Responses to the Economic Crisis

    The dramatic collapse in world trade in 2009 is, this report shows, mainly due to: the drop in demand for highly traded products; the drying up of trade finance; and the vertically integrated nature of global supply chains. Contrary to expectations, protectionist measures were relatively muted and did not play a significant part. In fact, because of their sheer size, stimulus measures may have had more impact on trade than direct trade policy measures Nevertheless, dollar for dollar, direct trade restricting measures have the most strongly negative impacts on growth and employment: a one dollar increase in tariff revenues results in a USD 2.16 drop in world exports and a USD 0.73 drop in world income. 

    The analyses presented here suggest that exit strategies from measures to deal with the crisis will be most effective in boosting growth and jobs if they first roll back measures that discriminate between domestic and foreign firms and those that target specific sectors. General demand stimulus measures and active labour market policies are preferable under current conditions. 

  • 24-August-2010

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    Trade and development

    Developing countries and economies can see real benefits from trade liberalisation, which can play a role in economic development and poverty alleviation.

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  • 4-August-2010

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    Slovenia - Websites on Trade

    Links to trade-related websites for Slovenia

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  • 27-July-2010

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    Statistical Databases: OECD Structural Analysis Statistics (STAN) Online Database

    Description of OECD Structural Analysis Statistics Online Database.

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  • 18-July-2010

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    Aid for Trade in Action

    In July 2010 the OECD and WTO issued a call for case stories on aid for trade. Over 300 stories from 150 countries (almost have from developing countries)worldwide provide a rich and varied source of information on the results of aid for trade activities - an indication of the progress achieved by the Aid-for-Trade Initiative. Consult the publication online and consult the case stories on www.aid4trade.org

  • 25-May-2010

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    Trade, Policy and the Economic Crisis

    Conclusions and recommendations from a major OECD study in response to the financial and economic crisis that started in 2008.

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  • 25-May-2010

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    Trade and the Economic Recovery: Why Open Markets Matter

    Trade can contribute on a sustained basis to productivity growth, quality job creation and increased consumer choice.

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