Formula Approaches for Market Access Negotiations

33 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2003

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Joseph F. Francois

University of Bern - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies (WIIW); University of Adelaide - School of Economics

Will J. Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

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Date Written: January 2003

Abstract

Most of the large tariff reductions achieved in multilateral trade negotiations have involved tariff-cutting formulas such as the 'Swiss' formula. Wide variations in initial tariff rates between active participants, however, call for new approaches under the Doha Development Agenda. This Paper surveys a range of formula options and examines both targeted and flexible applications of the Swiss formula that target tariff escalation and peaks, and would allow policymakers to directly target how far they will move towards free trade, while providing some flexibility for trading off reductions in peak tariffs against reductions in lower-tariff sectors.

Keywords: Market access, tariff formulas, WTO

JEL Classification: F10, F13

Suggested Citation

Francois, Joseph F and Martin, William J., Formula Approaches for Market Access Negotiations (January 2003). CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3720. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=380102

Joseph F Francois (Contact Author)

University of Bern - Department of Economics ( email )

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Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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William J. Martin

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20005
United States

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