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.
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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How do international standards affect international trade? This paper surveys empirical studies investigating this relationship, focusing on econometric studies.
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Using key principles and provisions of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) as a yardstick for analysis, this paper examines whether and how eight major regional integration agreements in Sub-Saharan Africa address TBT.
This is a third update on developments in the field of regional trade agreements and environment covering the period late 2008 to December 2009. (OECD Trade and Environment Working Paper N° 2010-01)
Metals and minerals such as copper, titanium and rare earths are used to produce high-tech and energy-efficient goods such as hybrid vehicles, computers and aircraft. This paper looks at the impacts of export restrictions often put on these raw materials.
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The Millennium Declaration set 2015 as the target date for halving the number of people living in extreme poverty. This paper examines the role of the agricultural sector and looks at 25 developing countries who have posted extraordinary success in reducing extreme poverty.
This paper shows that the most common objectives of aid for trade projects have a strong economic underpinning and sets forth strategies to identify the most binding constraints to trade expansion.
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Maritime transport costs have a significant impact on the trade in agricultural goods, representing on average 10% of the imported value of agricultural products. A doubling of shipping costs is linked to an average drop of 42% in agricultural trade, says this paper.
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This report develops a conceptual framework for the assessment of costs and benefits associated with non-tariff measures in agro-food trade that allows an evidence-based comparative assessment of alternative regulatory approaches.