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Developing countries, standards and the WTO

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  • Marion Jansen

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Quality standards play an important role in global transactions, but can represent a barrier to trade if they differ across countries. International standards reduce transaction costs and WTO Agreements encourage the use of such standards. This paper presents a simple analytical framework to analyse the welfare effects of quality standards in a trade set-up, with a particular focus on voluntary measures. It illustrates that international standards can have positive or negative welfare effects for individual countries. The paper describes developing countries' involvement in international standard setting bodies and suggests that their engagement needs to be enhanced in order for international standards to work in the advantage of developing economies.

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  • Marion Jansen, 2010. "Developing countries, standards and the WTO," The Journal of International Trade & Economic Development, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 19(1), pages 163-185.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jitecd:v:19:y:2010:i:1:p:163-185
    DOI: 10.1080/09638190903327492
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    Cited by:

    1. Aliyev, Khatai, 2014. "Expected Macroeconomic Impacts of the Accession to WTO on Azerbaijan Economy: Empirical Analysis," MPRA Paper 55096, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Zoo, Hanah & de Vries, Henk J. & Lee, Heejin, 2017. "Interplay of innovation and standardization: Exploring the relevance in developing countries," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 118(C), pages 334-348.
    3. Petros C. Mavroidis & Robert Wolfe, 2016. "Private Standards and the WTO: Reclusive No More," RSCAS Working Papers 2016/17, European University Institute.

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