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Competition policy, developing countries, and the World Trade Organization, Volume 1
Author:Hoekman, Bernard; Holmes, Peter; Date Stored:2001/04/25
Document Date:1999/10/31Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Economic Theory & Research; Markets and Market Access; Free Trade; Labor Policies; Access to Markets; ICT Policy and StrategiesLanguage:English
Major Sector:(Historic)Economic PolicyReport Number:WPS2211
Sub Sectors:TradeCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2211
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors discuss developing country interests in including competition law disciplines in the World Trade Organization (WTO). Developing countries have a great interest in pursuing active domestic competition policy, they conclude, but should do so independent of the WTO. Given the mercantilist basis of multilateral trade negotiations, the WTO is less likely to be a powerful instrument for encouraging adoption of welfare-enhancing competition rules than it is to be a forum for abolishing cross-border measures. Developing countries should therefore give priority to using the WTO to improve market access-to further reduce direct barriers to trade in goods and services.

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