Estimating Market Access in Non-GPA Countries: A Suggested Methodology

9 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2012 Last revised: 27 Feb 2012

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Anirudh Shingal

S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); University of Bern - World Trade Institute

Date Written: February 2012

Abstract

The WTO’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA) has data reporting obligations for all its Contracting Parties. Submitting such data promotes transparency in public procurement and also signals tendencies towards discrimination. However, most developing countries, especially emerging economies, are non-members of the GPA and therefore have no comparable data reporting obligations. In most cases, this has led to an absence of any reliable data on these countries’ public purchases, which poses a serious challenge in international negotiations on the subject and in examining the impact of protectionist measures in these countries’ public markets. In this short paper, we attempt to overcome these data challenges by developing a methodology to estimate the size of procurement markets in non-GPA countries as well as foreign market access therein. We also show the results from this methodology for estimating the EU’s access in select emerging economies’ public markets.

Keywords: Government procurement, GPA, data reporting, market access, emerging economies

JEL Classification: F10, F13, F17, H57

Suggested Citation

Shingal, Anirudh, Estimating Market Access in Non-GPA Countries: A Suggested Methodology (February 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1978852 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1978852

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