Will the Doha Round Lead to Preference Erosion?

45 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008

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Mary Amiti

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

John Romalis

University of Chicago - Booth School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

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Date Written: June 2007

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Developing countries, market access, preference erosion, tariffs, WTO

JEL Classification: F12, F13, F15

Suggested Citation

Amiti, Mary and Romalis, John, Will the Doha Round Lead to Preference Erosion? (June 2007). , Vol. , pp. -, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136697

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John Romalis

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