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Handbook of Trade Policy for Development$
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Arvid Lukauskas, Robert M. Stern, and Gianni Zanini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199680405

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680405.001.0001

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The Doha Round

The Doha Round

(p.254) Chapter 9 The Doha Round
Handbook of Trade Policy for Development

Patrick A. Messerlin

Oxford University Press

Patrick Messerlin examines the Doha Development Agenda or Doha Round launched in 2001 to achieve major reform of the international trading system with an emphasis on improving the trading and development prospects of developing countries. He argues that if the Doha Round were completed, it would bring welfare gains in the order of 300-700 US$ billion and deliver legally-binding commitments that would prevent countries from increasing their applied tariffs up to bound rates, an outcome that would provide badly needed certainty to the business community. The value of a completed Doha Round thus would compare favorably with previous trade rounds. Messerlin suggests that linking trade negotiations with broad concepts is counter-productive; in the case of the Doha Round, it impeded progress in the early years of negotiations especially, as developed and developing countries had widely different views of what trade policies were needed to promote development.

Keywords:   Doha Round, trade, developing countries, development, negotiations, welfare gains, applied tariffs, bound rates, business, trade rounds

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