Things Have Changed (or Have They?) Tariff Protection and Environmental Concerns in the WTO

38 Pages Posted: 13 Apr 2018

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Petros C. Mavroidis

Columbia University - Law School; European University Institute - Department of Law (LAW); European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Damien J Neven

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: April 2018

Abstract

This paper considers the APEC and proposed EGA agreements which grant tariff concession in favor of "green" goods. We …find that the practical significance of the APEC agreement should not be overestimated as it involves modest tariff concessions over a subset of goods which are not heavily traded. Still, these agreements involve a paradigm shift to the extent that they use tariffs concessions negotiated on a plurilateral basis as a policy instrument to meet public policy concern, instead of making market access conditional on meeting national regulations. We model the mechanism through which these tariff preferences provide incentives to change production in favor of green goods in exporting countries and highlight the challenges that the implementation of these agreements involve.

Keywords: WTO, APEC, EGA, Tari¤s, Terms of Trade, ex outs

JEL Classification: K40

Suggested Citation

Mavroidis, Petros C. and Neven, Damien J, Things Have Changed (or Have They?) Tariff Protection and Environmental Concerns in the WTO (April 2018). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2018/20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3162159 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3162159

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