Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America

28 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2003

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Gary Clyde Hufbauer

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; Institute for International Economics

Barbara R Kotschwar

Organization of American States

John S. Wilson

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Abstract

The relationship between standards, economic development, and trade is at the forefront of policy debate. Standards can accelerate economic efficiency and trade and also act as discriminatory barriers. This paper examines standards in the context of development in Central America. Key aspects of disputes over standards at the World Trade Organization are discussed, along with the reasons why standards matter to development and trade prospects for Central America. The paper recommends ways to leverage shared infrastructure in standards and assist these countries to implement their WTO obligations.

Suggested Citation

Hufbauer, Gary Clyde and Kotschwar, Barbara R and Wilson, John S., Trade and Standards: A Look at Central America. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=325423

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John S. Wilson

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