Monthly Archives: February 2005

OECD says Australia should restart reform

The OECD’s presentation of the data shows that Australians have risen 5 places (from 15 to 10) in the twenty-one member OECD’s ranking of GDP per capita between 1990 and 2002. But this is at the expense of hours worked: productivity per hour worked is unchanged in that time! Australian productivity levels are well below […]

Renewed activity in WTO

Ben covers the competition for the WTO’s Director General position, news on the Byrd Amendment, the desultory negotiations on improvements to the WTO anti-dumping rules, and about the hollow-sounding resolutions emerging from Davos on the need to put both more effort and more compromise into the Doha negotiations (do the two go together, do you […]

EC’s wheat subsidies raise a warning flag

The startling proposal from the EC Commission to “eliminate all export subsidies”: this round of negotiations seems to solve most of the problems about “circumvention” that plagued the Ururguay Round agreement on the reduction of export subsidies. The zero end-point combined with a fixed date for elimination seems to put an end to concerns about […]