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The data chase : what's out there on trade costs and nontariff barriers ?

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  • Bagai, Shweta
  • Wilson, John S.

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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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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3899.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2006
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3899

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Keywords: Transport Economics Policy&Planning; Economic Theory&Research; Trade Law; Free Trade; Trade Policy;

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