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The data chase : what's out there on trade costs and nontariff barriers ?, Volume 1
Author:Bagai, Shweta; Wilson, John S. ; Country:World;
Date Stored:2006/04/19Document Date:2006/04/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Transport Economics Policy & Planning; Economic Theory & Research; Free Trade; Trade Policy; Trade Law
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3899Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 3899
Volume No:1  

Summary: Trade costs and nontariff barriers are at the forefront of discussions on competitiveness and expanding trade opportunities for developing countries. This paper provides a summary overview of data and indicators relevant to these issues and has been informed by work underway at the World Bank on trade facilitation over the past several years to catalogue data sets and indicators. Although there has been progress in expanding data sets and developing policy-relevant indicators on trade costs and barriers, much more is needed. In order to assess progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals, evaluating the impact of development projects, and whether meeting Aid for Trade goals will be met, for example, a dedicated and expansive new effort to collect and assess data is needed. This paper attempts to highlight gaps in data on trade costs and provides insight into the type of new data that might be developed in the future.

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