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Trade policy and labor services : final status options for the West Bank and Gaza, Volume 1
Author:Schiff, Maurice; Country:West Bank and Gaza; Israel;
Date Stored:2002/05/15Document Date:2002/04/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Rules of Origin; Payment Systems & Infrastructure; Economic Theory & Research; Trade Policy; Free Trade; Trade and Regional Integration
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Economic Policy
Region:Middle East and North AfricaReport Number:WPS2824
Sub Sectors:TradeCollection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 2824
Volume No:1  

Summary: The author considers the policy options of the West Bank and Gaza with respect to trade and the export of labor services. He concludes that: 1) Nondiscriminatory trade policy is unambiguously superior to a free trade agreement with Israel; 2) The West Bank and Gaza should pursue a nondiscriminatory trade policy with all its neighbors, but only on the condition that the trade policy be open, transparent, and enforced by a credible lock-in mechanism. Otherwise, a customs union with Israel may be preferable; 3) The Palestinian Authority should establish a system of fee-based permits for Palestinians working in Israel; and 4) The Palestinian Authority should consider allowing Jordanians access to the West Bank and Gaza labor market.

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