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Competition policy, developing countries, and the World Trade Organization

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  • Hoekman, Bernard
  • Holmes, Peter

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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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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2211.

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Date of creation: 31 Oct 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2211

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Keywords: ICT Policy and Strategies; Economic Theory&Research; Environmental Economics&Policies; Labor Policies; Markets and Market Access; Economic Theory&Research; Environmental Economics&Policies; ICT Policy and Strategies; TF054105-DONOR FUNDED OPERATION ADMINISTRATION FEE INCOME AND EXPENSE ACCOUNT; Access to Markets;

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  1. Djankov, Simeon & Hoekman, Bernard, 1998. "Conditions of Competition and Multilateral Surveillance," CEPR Discussion Papers 1988, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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  1. Andrés Rius & Gabriel Katz, 2004. "¿Qué Imitar de las Economías Pequeñas Exitosas? Sobre la Necesidad de una Política y una Legislación de competencia," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 0804, Department of Economics - dECON.
  2. Siroën, Jean-Marc, 2002. "Politique(s) de la concurrence dans une économie globale," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/6628, Paris Dauphine University.

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