Working Papers


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.

9-July-2010

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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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

18-June-2010

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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.

2-June-2010

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Bilateral and Regional Trade Agreements and Technical Barriers to Trade: An African Perspective

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.

29-April-2010

English

Environment and Regional Trade Agreements: Developments in 2009

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)

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