Competition Policy, Developing Countries and the WTO

27 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2000

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Bernard Hoekman

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies; European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Peter Holmes

University of Sussex - Sussex European Institute; College of Europe, Bruges

Date Written: September 1999

Abstract

This paper discusses developing country interests regarding the inclusion of competition law disciplines in the WTO. Although developing countries have a great interest in pursuing an active domestic competition policy, this can and should be done independently of the WTO. Given the mercantilist basis of multilateral trade negotiations, the WTO is less likely to be a powerful instrument to encourage adoption of welfare-enhancing competition rules than it is as a forum for the abolition of border measures. Priority should therefore be given to pursuit of the traditional market access focus of the WTO?further reduction in direct barriers to trade in goods and services.

JEL Classification: F13, L40

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard and Holmes, Peter Martin, Competition Policy, Developing Countries and the WTO (September 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=200621 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.200621

Bernard Hoekman (Contact Author)

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

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European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Peter Martin Holmes

University of Sussex - Sussex European Institute ( email )

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United Kingdom

College of Europe, Bruges

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