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Behind-the-Border Policies: Assessing and Addressing Non-Tariff Measures

Edited by: Joseph Francois, Bernard Hoekman

ISBN13: 9781108485531
Published: November 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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One feature of globalization is that barriers to international competition have come to be associated with differences in regulatory policies that increase the costs of engaging in cross-border sales. Such non-tariff measures (NTMs) have attracted growing attention from policy makers and raise important questions for policy research. This book provides a valuable overview of key issues related to NTMs and domestic regulation. It covers the classification and definition of NTMs, new sources of data on NTMs, the impacts of (different types of) NTMs, the challenges that confront efforts to reduce the negative trade effects of NTMs and what can and should be done through international cooperation to promote good practices in the design and implementation of NTMs.

The contributors comprise a mix of leading trade policy experts - both academics and practitioners - and younger researchers who have specialized in the analysis of NTMs.

International Trade
1. Moving beyond the border: introduction and overview - Joseph Francois and Bernard Hoekman
Part I. Concepts and Measurement:
2. NTMs: data concepts and sources - Marie Luise Rau and Achim Vogt
3. Regulatory bindings, policy uncertainty, and market access in services - Peter Egger, Joseph Francois, Bernard Hoekman and Miriam Manchin
Part II. Assessing and Benchmarking Policy:
4. NTMs in the presence of global value chains and their impact on productivity - Mahdi Ghodsi and Robert Stehrer
5. Non-tariff measure estimations in different impact assessments - Eddy Bekkers and Hugo Rojas-Romagosa
6. Gauging procurement policy change during the crisis-era: evidence from the global trade alert - Simon J. Evenett and Anirudh Shingal
7. Preferences, income distribution, and the burden of NTMs - Igor Bagayev and Ronald B. Davies
Part III. Dealing With NTMs: Legal and Institutional Contexts:
8. NTM reforms: a practitioner's perspective - Fabio Artuso
9. Good regulatory practices and international trade - Robert Basedow
10. Rules of origin as non-tariff measures: towards greater regulatory convergence - Bernard Hoekman and Stefano Inama
11. Behind-the-border measures and the new generation of trade agreements: TBT and SPS compared - Manfred Elsig and Sebastian Klotz
12. Non-tariff responses to China's development strategy: the WTO's interface challenge - Chad Bown
13. A time for action: the WTO must change to promote regulatory cooperation - Thomas J. Bollyky and Petros C. Mavroidis