What Would a Development-Friendly WTO Architecture Really Look Like?

21 Pages Posted: 28 Jan 2006

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Aaditya Mattoo

World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Arvind Subramanian

International Monetary Fund (IMF); Center for Global Development

Date Written: August 2003

Abstract

This paper elaborates on a number of key principles that need to underpin a coherent and development-friendly architecture for the WTO. The key principles include enlarging the scope of WTO bargaining to include labor flows as well as capital flows; creating a structure that would provide a balance between furthering liberalization and providing some discretion or policy space to accommodate the inevitable political constraints; and minimizing the extent of regulatory harmonization. These principles, while applicable to all countries, may have less immediate relevance in addressing the problems of the least developed countries.

Keywords: WTO, architecture, development, labor mobility

JEL Classification: F02, F13, F21, F22

Suggested Citation

Mattoo, Aaditya and Subramanian, Arvind, What Would a Development-Friendly WTO Architecture Really Look Like? (August 2003). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-21, 2003. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=879229

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