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How to kill a country?: The USÐAustralia Free Trade Agreement, pharmaceuticals and intellectual property

  • John Quiggin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Queensland)

The debate over theFree Trade Agreement with the United States has produced a book, How to Kill a Country, primarily concerned with intellectual property and related issues (Weiss, Thurbon and Matthews 2004). In arguing that Australia will be worse off, Weiss, Thurbon and Matthews examine four areas of policy: pharmaceuticals, quarantine, copyright and government procurement. The implications of the Agreement in these policy areas forms the remainder of this paper. Of the four issues, pharmaceuticals were the most controversial in the debate over the Agreement and raised the most difficult economic issues, and will therefore be the primary focus of attention.

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Paper provided by Risk and Sustainable Management Group, University of Queensland in its series Australian Public Policy Program Working Papers with number WP1P05.

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  1. James, Sallie & Anderson, Kym, 1998. "On the need for more economic assessment of quarantine/SPS policies," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 42(4), December.
  2. Productivity Commission, 2001. "International pharmaceutical price differences," Others 0107004, EconWPA.
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