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What Next for Multilateral Trade Talks? Quantifying the Role of Negotiation Modalities

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  • Yvan Decreux

    (ITC (UNCTAD-WTO) - International Trade Center - WTO - UNCTAD)

  • Lionel Fontagné

    (CEPII - Centre d'Etudes Prospectives et d'Informations Internationales - Centre d'analyse stratégique, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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What are the lessons from the DDA from a forward looking point of view? A decade of negotiations is likely to go nowhere. This paper argues that absence of a landing-zone was in the data. Quantitative tools modelling the detail of the modalities predicted failure but were not taken seriously: the design of the negotiation implied that any achievements of the Round could only be limited. Such feebleness was induced by the way multilateral negotiations were organized – in separate groups, without much consideration for, or understanding of, how the different elements added up to more than the sum of the parts. We put sensible figures on that argument by using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model of the world economy, addressing exceptions, flexibilities as well as the non-linear design of the liberalization formulas, a reduction in domestic support, the phasing out of export subsidies in agriculture, as well as trade facilitation. Our conclusion is that negotiators have to go back to simplicity and re-bundle the topics if they wish to revamp multilateral negotiations.

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  • Yvan Decreux & Lionel Fontagné, 2015. "What Next for Multilateral Trade Talks? Quantifying the Role of Negotiation Modalities," Post-Print hal-01242012, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01242012
    DOI: 10.1017/S1474745614000354
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