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Does the global trade slowdown matter ? (English)

Since the Global Financial Crisis, world trade growth has been subdued and lagging slightly behind growth of gross domestic product. Trade is growing more slowly not only because growth of global gross domestic product is lower, but also because trade itself has become less responsive to gross domestic product. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7673 MAY 13, 2016

Constantinescu,Ileana Cristina; Mattoo,Aaditya; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Non-tariff measures and the world trading system (English)

With the success of the World Trade Organization and its predecessor, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, in reducing conventional tariff barriers, much of the recent focus of regional and multilateral trade agreements has switched to non-tariff measures, both border and behind-the-border policies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7661 MAY 04, 2016

Ederington,Josh; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

Poverty and shared prosperity implications of deep integration in Eastern and Southern Africa (English)

Evidence indicates that trade costs are a much more substantial barrier to trade than tariffs are, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper decomposes trade costs into: (i) trade facilitation, (ii) non-tariff barriers, and (iii) the costs of business services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7660 MAY 04, 2016

Balistreri,Edward Jay; Maliszewska,Maryla; Osorio-Rodarte,Israel; Tarr,David; Yonezawa,Hidemichi Disclosed

The GATT's starting point : tariff levels circa 1947 (English)

How high were import tariffs when GATT participants began negotiations to reduce them in 1947? Establishing this starting point is key to determining how successful the GATT has been in bringing down trade barriers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7649 APR 26, 2016

Bown,Chad P.; Irwin,Douglas A. Disclosed

Statement by Xiaozhun Yi at the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee held on April 16, 2016 (English)

This is a statement by Xiaozhun Yi, Deputy Director-General at the ninety-third meeting of the Development Committee held on April 16, 2016. Today's meeting takes place against a backdrop of weak growth in world trade and output and a subdued outlook for the global economy. ... See More +

Board Report 104873 APR 16, 2016

Disclosed

The empirical landscape of trade policy (English)

This paper surveys empirically the broad features of trade policy in goods for 31 major economies that collectively represented 83 percent of the world's population and 91 percent of the world's GDP in 2013. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7620 APR 04, 2016

Bown,Chad P.; Crowley,Meredith A Disclosed

Sri Lanka - Current status (English)

Sri Lanka ranks third in terms of value (4.4 billion dollars) and global market share, although apparel has a relatively high share of total country exports at 45 percent. ... See More +

Brief 104610 MAR 23, 2016

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Pakistan - Current status (English)

Pakistan ranks fourth in terms of value (4.2 billion dollars) with the same global market share as Sri Lanka, although apparel’s share of total country exports is lower at 19 percent. ... See More +

Brief 104609 MAR 23, 2016

Disclosed

Bangladesh - Current status (English)

Bangladesh has the largest apparel export industry of the four South Asian sample countries (22.8 billion dollars), and the largest market share of global apparel exports. ... See More +

Brief 104608 MAR 23, 2016

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India - Current status (English)

India ranks second in terms of value (12.5 billion dollars) and global market share, although unlike Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, apparel’s share of total county exports is quite low at 5 percent. ... See More +

Brief 104597 MAR 23, 2016

Disclosed

Stitches to riches? : apparel employment, trade, and economic development in South Asia (English)

South Asia must create good-quality jobs for a rapidly expanding young population and bring more women into the labor force. The apparel sector in South Asia is labor intensive, employs more women on average than other manufacturing sectors, and provides jobs that allow for the acquisition of skills. ... See More +

Publication 104271 MAR 23, 2016

Lopez-Acevedo , Gladys C.;Lopez-Acevedo,Gladys C.; Robertson , Raymond ;Robertson,Raymond Disclosed

Global trade watch : trade developments in 2015 (English)

After sharply declining in the first half of 2015, world trade began to grow, albeit at a slow pace. Preliminary data indicate that merchandise import growth was 1.7 percent in 2015, down from 3 percent in 2014. ... See More +

Working Paper 103903 MAR 09, 2016

Constantinescu,Ileana Cristina; Mattoo,Aaditya; Ruta,Michele Disclosed

A comparative overview of the incidence of non-tariff measures on trade in Lao PDR (English)

An efficient and transparent regulatory framework governing international trade is a necessary condition for countries to realize the benefits of international trade. ... See More +

Working Paper AUS9097 FEB 29, 2016

Hoppe,Mombert Disclosed

Is the DCFTA good for Moldova? : analysis of Moldova’s trade options using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model (English)

Moldova’s recent Association Agreement with the European Union (EU), which includes a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA), represents an important opportunity, as well as challenges. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 103996 JAN 30, 2016

Disclosed

Moldova - Analysis of trade competitiveness (English)

As a small economy, Moldova’s growth and development prospects are closely related to its performance in international and regional markets. In this report the authors have looked at the export performance and competitiveness of the Moldovan economy. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 103995 JAN 30, 2016

Mera,Varela.G Disclosed

Global supply chains and trade policy (English)

How do global supply chain linkages modify countries' incentives to impose import protection? Are these linkages empirically important determinants of trade policy? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7536 JAN 19, 2016

Blanchard,Emily J.; Bown,Chad P.; Johnson,Robert Christopher Disclosed

SACU in global value chains : measuring GVC integration, position, and performance of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland (English)

Once concentrated among a few large economies, global flows of goods, services, and capital now reach an ever larger number of economies worldwide. ... See More +

Working Paper 102987 JAN 01, 2016

Engel,Jakob; Winkler,Deborah Elisabeth; Farole,Thomas Disclosed

What’s left for the WTO ? (English)

Suppose that when addressing the question of “what’s left for the WTO?,” tariff negotiators relied not on the agenda established in 2001 but instead on the terms-of-trade theory of trade agreements to identify negotiating priorities. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7502 DEC 02, 2015

Bown,Chad P. Disclosed

Moldova - Trade study : overview (English)

The report is structured in two parts. The first part consists of two chapters (Notes one and two), and provides an assessment of overall trade competitiveness and trade policy options. ... See More +

Working Paper ACS17523 DEC 01, 2015

Varela,Gonzalo J.; Piontkivsky,Ruslan; Chistruga,Marcel; Gomez-Mera,Laura; Lupusor,Adrian; Prohnitchi,Valeriu; Rekas,Melissa Disclosed

The role of imports for exporter performance in Peru (English)

Using highly disaggregated firm-level customs transaction data for imports and exports in Peru over the 2000–2012 period, this paper explores the relationship between imports of intermediate inputs and firm export performance. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7492 NOV 13, 2015

Pierola Castro,Martha D.; Fernandes,Ana Margarida; Farolec,Thomas Disclosed

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Does the global trade slowdown matter ? (English)
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MAY 13, 2016 WPS7673 Policy Research Working Paper
Non-tariff measures and the world trading system (English)
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MAY 04, 2016 WPS7661 Policy Research Working Paper
Poverty and shared prosperity implications of deep integration in Eastern and Southern Africa (English)
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MAY 04, 2016 WPS7660 Policy Research Working Paper
The GATT's starting point : tariff levels circa 1947 (English)
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APR 26, 2016 WPS7649 Policy Research Working Paper
Statement by Xiaozhun Yi at the 93rd meeting of the Development Committee held on April 16, 2016 (English)
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APR 16, 2016 104873 Board Report
The empirical landscape of trade policy (English)
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APR 04, 2016 WPS7620 Policy Research Working Paper
Sri Lanka - Current status (English)
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MAR 23, 2016 104610 Brief
Pakistan - Current status (English)
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MAR 23, 2016 104609 Brief
Bangladesh - Current status (English)
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MAR 23, 2016 104608 Brief
India - Current status (English)
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MAR 23, 2016 104597 Brief
Stitches to riches? : apparel employment, trade, and economic development in South Asia (English)
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MAR 23, 2016 104271 Publication
Global trade watch : trade developments in 2015 (English)
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MAR 09, 2016 103903 Working Paper
A comparative overview of the incidence of non-tariff measures on trade in Lao PDR (English)
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FEB 29, 2016 AUS9097 Working Paper
Is the DCFTA good for Moldova? : analysis of Moldova’s trade options using a dynamic computable general equilibrium model (English)
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JAN 30, 2016 103996 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Moldova - Analysis of trade competitiveness (English)
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JAN 30, 2016 103995 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Global supply chains and trade policy (English)
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JAN 19, 2016 WPS7536 Policy Research Working Paper
SACU in global value chains : measuring GVC integration, position, and performance of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland (English)
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JAN 01, 2016 102987 Working Paper
What’s left for the WTO ? (English)
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DEC 02, 2015 WPS7502 Policy Research Working Paper
Moldova - Trade study : overview (English)
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DEC 01, 2015 ACS17523 Working Paper
The role of imports for exporter performance in Peru (English)
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NOV 13, 2015 WPS7492 Policy Research Working Paper