Beyond Market Access: The New Normal of Preferential Trade Agreements

45 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2016

Date Written: October 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper takes stock of the growing success of preferential trade agreements. It revisits what are the defining characteristics of modern preferential trade agreements, which are typically pursued for a diverse array of motives. In particular, the market access justification traditionally used to analyze the desirability and impact of preferential trade agreements misses increasingly important dimensions. The "Beyond Market Access" agenda of preferential trade agreements presents a new and broad set of deep regulatory and policy issues that differs in substance from the removal of tariff and quantitative barriers to trade. Issues related to preferences and discrimination, as well as the nature and implementation of commitments acquire a different meaning in deep preferential trade agreements. This change of paradigm presents significant opportunities and challenges for reform-minded developing countries to use preferential trade agreements to their own advantage.

Keywords: Trade Law, Free Trade, Environmental Economics & Policies, Emerging Markets, Trade and Regional Integration

Suggested Citation

Chauffour, Jean-Pierre and Maur, Jean-Christophe, Beyond Market Access: The New Normal of Preferential Trade Agreements (October 1, 2010). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 5454, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1695845

Jean-Pierre Chauffour (Contact Author)

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
United States

Jean-Christophe Maur

World Bank ( email )

1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.worldbank.org/trade

Do you have a job opening that you would like to promote on SSRN?

Paper statistics

Downloads
126
Abstract Views
742
rank
301,366
PlumX Metrics