Public Procurement: A Post-Uruguay Round Perspective

CEPR Discussion Paper Series No. 1412

Posted: 14 Mar 1997

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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

Douglas Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics

N. David Palmeter

Graham & James

Date Written: June 1996

Abstract

This paper reviews the implications of the Uruguay Round Government Procurement Agreement, both for current practice in the United States and for general conditions of market access in other major markets. We emphasize the relative importance of government purchases within given markets. Because of the concentrated nature of US procurement patterns, the potential impact of preferences on overall conditions of market access is relatively limited. For those sectors we flag as important in terms of procurement practices, it is likely that future liberalization will have to involve both the expansion of the Procurement Agreement and of the relevant commitments under the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

JEL Classification: F13

Suggested Citation

Francois, Joseph F and Nelson, Douglas R. and Palmeter, N. David, Public Procurement: A Post-Uruguay Round Perspective (June 1996). CEPR Discussion Paper Series No. 1412. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4740

Joseph F Francois (Contact Author)

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Douglas R. Nelson

Tulane University - Department of Economics ( email )

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United States

N. David Palmeter

Graham & James

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