Why Isn't the Doha Development Agenda More Poverty Friendly?

17 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2009

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Thomas W. Hertel

Purdue University - Center for Global Trade Analysis; Center for Robust Decisionmaking on Climate & Energy Policy (RDCEP)

Roman Keeney

Purdue University

Maros Ivanic

World Bank; World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

L. Alan Winters

University of Sussex; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

Critics of the Doha Development Agenda rightly point to the lack of aggressive reform in wealthy countries for its role in dampening developing country gains. The authors find that the absence of tariff cuts on staple food products in developing countries also critically limits poverty reduction in those countries. Based on their analysis of the impacts of multilateral trade policy reforms in a sample of 15 developing countries, they find there is some evidence of poverty increases amongst the poor who work in agriculture when they lose protection for their earnings. However, these effects are minimized when agricultural tariffs are cut in all developing countries, and when the impact of lower food prices on low income consumers is taken into account in their 15 country sample.

Suggested Citation

Hertel, Thomas W. and Keeney, Roman and Ivanic, Maros and Winters, L. Alan Alan, Why Isn't the Doha Development Agenda More Poverty Friendly?. Review of Development Economics, Vol. 13, Issue 4, pp. 543-559, November 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1488508 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9361.2008.00483.x

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