DP4694 Dismantling Discrimination Against Developing Countries: Access, Rules and Differential Treatment

Author(s): Bernard Hoekman
Publication Date: October 2004
Keyword(s): economic development, trade negotiations, trade policy, WTO
JEL(s): F13, F35, O19
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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This Paper discusses the challenges confronting developing countries seeking to overcome discrimination in world trade rules and policies. The major sources of discrimination in both developed and developing countries in the areas of market access opportunities and WTO disciplines are briefly summarized. Some of these reflect good intentions towards developing countries, but are bad economics. Many others reflect self-interest or successful capture of policy by interest groups in either the North and/or the South. Moving forward requires less discrimination on market access, but more differentiation when it comes to ?non-core? or resource-intensive global rules.