DOHA DEVELOPMENT ROUND: REACHING BEYOND TRADE LIBERALIZATION

Authors


* Address for correspondence: Sven W. Arndt, Lowe Institute of Political Economy, Claremont McKenna College. Email: sven.arndt@cmc.edu. I am indebted to Michael Moore, Carlos Primo Braga and participants at the conference on ‘Economics of the Doha Round and The World Trade Organization (WTO)’, held at the University of Hong Kong, December 16–17, 2005. Thanks to Maria Tzintzarova for able research assistance and to Alex Huemer for valuable discussions.

Abstract

Abstract.  While the WTO process of multilateral trade liberalization encounters increasing resistance, in part because the most difficult issues have finally risen to the top of the agenda, market-based forces are contributing to international economic integration. One of the most potent is cross-border production networks. This paper explores the implications of such networks for trade policies and development strategies. It argues that participation in production networks requires trade policy adjustments and domestic reforms that can and should be undertaken unilaterally and that such changes will improve the climate for WTO negotiations.

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