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The WTO's telecommunications commitments and the credibility of telecommunications regulatory reforms in small island developing states

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  • 'Ofa, Siope Vakataki

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Telecommunications regulatory reform is a recent phenomenon in small island developing states, including in five Pacific island states in the past five years. Opportunities for regulatory capture exist when independent regulators are vulnerable to political pressure. There is therefore a case for external multilateral policy restraint to deter policymakers from reneging on policies. This study estimates the impact of the telecommunications commitments of the WTO on a panel data set of 160 developing countries (including 26 small island developing states) during the period 1995–2006. Preliminary evidence is that the credibility of telecommunications reform in small island developing states is enhanced via commitments to WTO telecommunications agreements that lock in domestic reforms. No evidence was found that signing on to bilateral investment treaties enhanced the credibility of telecommunications reform in small island developing states.

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  • 'Ofa, Siope Vakataki, 2009. "The WTO's telecommunications commitments and the credibility of telecommunications regulatory reforms in small island developing states," MPRA Paper 66184, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    Trade Policy; Small Island Developing States; Telecommunications Reform;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure

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