'Behind-the-Border' Regulatory Policies and Trade Agreements

31 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2018

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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)

Date Written: September 30, 2018

Abstract

A consequence of global trade liberalization is that domestic regulatory policies have become a focal point for efforts to reduce the costs of engaging in cross-border production and exchange. This article discusses the general challenges of reducing trade frictions created by regulatory differences, focusing specifically on the role trade agreements might play in addressing regulatory spillovers. A case is made for a greater focus on plurilateral cooperation under the umbrella of the WTO.

Keywords: Nontariff Measures, Regulation, Regulatory Cooperation, WTO, Trade Agreements

JEL Classification: F13, F23, F53

Suggested Citation

Hoekman, Bernard, 'Behind-the-Border' Regulatory Policies and Trade Agreements (September 30, 2018). East Asian Economic Review Vol. 22, No. 3 (September 2018) 243-273, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11644/KIEP.EAER.2018.22.3.344 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264549 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3264549

Bernard Hoekman (Contact Author)

Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies ( email )

Fiesole, Tuscany
Italy

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

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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