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Trade Policy Transparency and Investor Confidence: Some Implications for an Effective Trade Policy Review Mechanism

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This paper is concerned with the value of the WTO's Trade Policy Review Mechanism, particularly its transparency role and its potential role in policy stability, for investor confidence in developing countries. The implications of reduced risk and uncertainty regarding trade policy for investor confidence, and ultimately for the capital stock and the long-run structure of production, are examined in an analytical model. Certainty equivalence is employed to assess the general equilibrium effects of risk and uncertainty. Their reduction can boost risk-adjusted returns, leading to an increase in long-run levels of capital. Copyright 2001 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • Francois, Joseph F, 2001. "Trade Policy Transparency and Investor Confidence: Some Implications for an Effective Trade Policy Review Mechanism," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 9(2), pages 303-316, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:9:y:2001:i:2:p:303-16
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    2. Aldy, Joseph Edgar, 2012. "Designing a Bretton Woods Institution to Address Climate Change," Scholarly Articles 8830777, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
    3. Hoekman, Bernard, 2011. "The WTO and the Doha Round: Walking on Two Legs," World Bank - Economic Premise, The World Bank, issue 68, pages 1-6, October.
    4. Joseph E. Aldy, 2013. "Designing a Bretton Woods institution to address global climate change," Chapters,in: Handbook on Energy and Climate Change, chapter 15, pages 352-374 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. Lili Yan Ing & Olivier Cadot & Janine Walz, 2016. "Transparency in Non-tariff Measures: An International Comparison," Working Papers DP-2016-23, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
    6. Gawande, Kishore & Hoekman, Bernard & Cui, Yue, 2011. "Determinants of trade policy responses to the 2008 financial crisis," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5862, The World Bank.
    7. Helble, Matthias & Shepherd, Ben & Wilson, John S., 2007. "Transparency, trade costs, and regional integration in the Asia Pacific," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4401, The World Bank.
    8. Aldy, Joseph Edgar, 2015. "Evaluating Mitigation Effort: Tools and Institutions for Assessing Nationally Determined Contributions," Scholarly Articles 23936083, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
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