Working Papers


  • 1-July-2009

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    Development Dimensions of High Food Prices

    Many developing countries took measures in the face of high international agricultural commodity prices from 2006 to 2008, while an international response focused on emergency relief and renewed investment in agricultural development. This paper examines these two approaches.

  • 15-May-2009

    English, , 268kb

    Environment and Regional Trade Agreements: Developments in 2008

    A second update on developments in the field of regional tradeagreements and environment covering the period late 2007 to December 2008. It complements the 2007 publication “Environment and Regional Trade Agreements”, and the first update presented to the JWPTE in December 2007

  • 15-May-2009

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    Trade impacts of selected regional trade agreements in agriculture

    This paper provides an in-depth examination of the trade effects of three regional trade agreements (RTAs) in the agricultural sector: the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR).

  • 3-April-2009

    English, Excel, 596kb

    Quantifying Regulatory Barriers to Services Trade

    Analysis of how domestic regulation affects trade in services through commercial presence.

  • 1-April-2009

    English, , 775kb

    Extensive Margins in Agriculture

    This paper examines whether the growth in agricultural trade of 69 countries between 1996 and 2006 has taken place at the intensive or the extensive margin.

  • 23-March-2009

    English, , 225kb

    Update on Environment and Regional Trade Agreements:Developments in 2007

    This document provides an update on developments in the field of regional trade agreements and environment in late 2006 and 2007. It is based on publicly available information and includes an overview of provisions on environment in trade agreements signed since end 2006.

  • 1-March-2009

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    Role, Usage and Motivation for Contracting in Agriculture

    Agri-food sectors have seen an increasing use of contracts, which raises concerns such as market transparency and the role of government. This paper looks at the incentives behind this increase in contract use and identifies emerging policy issues.

  • 20-February-2009

    English, , 795kb

    Informal Cross-Border Trade and Trade Facilitation Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa

    This study examines the extent and nature of informal cross-border trade in selected Sub-Saharan African countries and identifies which trade facilitation measures have the potential to encourage traders to switch from informal to formal trade.

  • 13-February-2009

    English, , 381kb

    Assessing barriers to trade in services in the MENA region

    Significant regulatory reforms have taken place in the service sectors of Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco over the last decade, but a broad range of restrictions still remain.

  • 6-February-2009

    English, , 655kb

    The Impact of Services Trade Liberalisation on Trade in Non-agricultural Products

    Trade in services contributes to a broader services supplier base that supports competitiveness in high-technology and high-value added manufacturing.

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