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Will the Doha Round Lead to Preference Erosion?

  • John Romalis
  • Mary Amiti

This paper assesses the effects of reducing tariffs under the Doha Round on market access for developing countries. It shows that for many developing countries, actual preferential access is less generous than it appears because of low product coverage or complex rules of origin. Thus lowering tariffs under the multilateral system is likely to lead to a net increase in market access for many developing countries, with gains in market access offsetting losses from preference erosion. Furthermore, comparing various tariff-cutting proposals, the research shows that the largest gains in market access are generated by higher tariff cuts in agriculture.

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Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 06/10.

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Length: 41
Date of creation: 01 Jan 2006
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Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:06/10
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