Economic benefits of the Doha round for The Netherlands; Report submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs,

J. Francois, H. van Meijl, F.W. van Tongeren

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    Abstract

    This study provides insights into the nature and magnitude of the impacts of the WTO Doha Round for international trade and the resulting welfare improvements. The analysis of specific economic consequences for the Netherlands is a special feature of this study. These effects at national level are considered in the context of overall effects at EU and world levels. A third of the estimated benefit is attributable to trade facilitation, a third to agricultural liberalisation and the remaining third to both reductions in industrial tariffs and liberalisation in services. The analysis underlines the importance of trade policy reform by developing countries for achieving the benefits of freer trade. About one quarter of the global gains can only be realized if developing countries actively participate. The results highlight the importance of taking a long-term structural view. Developing countries have to think carefully about the risks of reinforcing an emphasis on primary exports. The Netherlands, could enjoy a disproportionate share of world welfare gains. Dutch output would expand particularly in the food processing and the transport and logistics sectors. The results confirm the comparative advantage of the Netherlands in agriculture, food processing and transport and the large dependence of the Dutch economy on international trade.
    LanguageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDen Haag
    PublisherLEI
    Number of pages111
    ISBN (Print)9052427879
    Publication statusPublished - 2003

    Publication series

    NameReport / LEI : Domain 6, Policy
    PublisherLEI

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    Economics
    The Netherlands
    Economic benefits
    Doha Round
    Food processing
    Developing countries
    Comparative advantage
    Trade policy
    Tariffs
    Policy reform
    International trade
    Logistics
    Agriculture
    Free trade
    Economic consequences
    Liberalization
    Trade facilitation
    Welfare gains

    Keywords

    • agricultural economics
    • world trade organization
    • trade negotiations
    • trade liberalization
    • international trade
    • economic impact
    • european union
    • netherlands

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    Francois, J., van Meijl, H., & van Tongeren, F. W. (2003). Economic benefits of the Doha round for The Netherlands; Report submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, (Report / LEI : Domain 6, Policy). Den Haag: LEI.
    Francois, J. ; van Meijl, H. ; van Tongeren, F.W. / Economic benefits of the Doha round for The Netherlands; Report submitted to the Ministry of Economic Affairs,. Den Haag : LEI, 2003. 111 p. (Report / LEI : Domain 6, Policy).
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    Den Haag : LEI, 2003. 111 p. (Report / LEI : Domain 6, Policy).

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