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Antoni Estevadeordal, Mauricio Mesquita Moreira

For Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia has gone from an afterthought to a centerpiece of economic relations over the last decade.

World Trade Organization (WTO)

A major obstacle to advancing the understanding of RTAs is the absence of detailed information about their contents. This limits empirical analysis of their economic effects and policy debate between those who view RTAs as discriminatory instruments hostage to protectionist interests and those who see them as conducive to multilateral opening.

Antoni Estevadeordal, Kati Suominen, Jeremy Harris, José Ernesto López-Córdova

Rules of origin are a crucial market access instrument in the rapidly proliferating network of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world.

Tam Robert Nguyen, Antoni Estevadeordal, Brian Frantz

This book is based on a conference entitled "Regional Public Goods and Regional Development Assistance", held in Washington, D.C. on November 6-7, 2002. It examines how the IDB and the ADB support the provision of regional public goods (RPGs) in Latin America and Asia, respectively.

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Regional integration initiatives have long been part of the world economic landscape. In Latin America, integration flourished in the early post-war era but then lost momentum until the 1990s, when there was a new wave of initiatives ranging from free trade areas to customs unions.

Antoni Estevadeordal, Matthew Shearer, Kati Suominen

Examination of the extent of liberalization in regional trade agreements (RTAs) in the Americas in comparison with other regions of the world, to discuss the potential future of integration in the region. The Americas have been a key driver of RTAs since the 1990s.

Thibault Fally, Russel Henry Hillberry

This paper provides an analytical treatment of trade and welfare responses to trade cost change in a simple two-country model.

François-Charles Laprévote, Sven Frisch, Burcu Can

This think-piece reports the findings of a mapping exercise of the competition-related provisions of 216 free trade agreements (FTAs) included in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Regional Trade Agreements (RTA) database. This represents by far the largest sample of FTAs analyzed to date in this type of mapping exercise.

Steve Charnovitz

Making domestic regulation more coherent and expanding cooperation between regulators has the promise of lowering the unnecessary costs of regulation for companies and consumers and thus translating into greater economic output for national economies. At a time when global economic growth has been slowing, policymakers are renewing their interest in reducing trade barriers from regulation.

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly contributed to the increasing complexities of the intellectual property system.