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The WTO and the Shrinking of Development Space: How Big is the Bite?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Center for Global Development presents a brown bag seminar on
The WTO and the Shrinking of Development Space: How Big is the Bite?*

Alisa DiCaprio
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Alisa is with the Department of Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Third Floor, Washington, D.C.

Abstract: The trade policy regimes that existed before and after the Uruguay Round of multilateral trade negotiations were strikingly different. Before 1994, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was the primary institution of international trade. Though the GATT pillars of non-discrimination and reciprocity established textbased parameters on its Members’ industrial policies, in practice the institution was relatively disengaged with its developing country Members and tended to overlook their policy violations (Hudec, 1987). In 1994, the World Trade Organization subsumed the GATT through the Single Undertaking. This event ushered in a new policy regime that expanded both the scope and the enforcement of new regulations. This article seeks to measure the extent to which policy implementation in the developing countries has reflected these changes.

*Co-authored with Kevin P. Gallagher

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