Category Archives: Trade

Evaluation of a “Critical Mass” agreement on agriculture

The stale­mate in Gene­va on the Decem­ber 2013 Bali Agree­ment con­cern­ing both Trade Facil­i­a­tion and agri­cul­ture sub­si­dies has revived some inter­est in the poten­tial for a pluri­lat­er­al agree­ment on Agri­cul­ture among WTO mem­bers. I attach to this brief post a pre-print of the sum­ma­ry that Andy Stol­er and I wrote for the jour­nal Glob­al Gov­er­nance […]

The multilateral trade mess — 5 years later

In August 2008, short­ly after the col­lapse of the WTO Doha Round’s agri­cul­tur­al nego­ti­a­tions in Gene­va — which I rec­og­nized, then, as the ‘death-rat­­tle’ of the Round — I wrote the attached paper; part of a project spon­sored by the Rur­al Indus­try Research & Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion to find a bet­ter way to nego­ti­ate in WTO. […]

They never talk about trade

The trade and invest­ment poli­cies of the two main polit­i­cal par­ties in Aus­tralia have flip-flopped in cho­rus over the years so they hard­ly ever fig­ure in elec­tion debates. As if they didn’t mat­ter enough to fight about. Yet there’s lit­tle that mat­ters more to the future pros­per­i­ty of a small, open, still-some­what-remote econ­o­my than build­ing […]

Statistics for (non-mathematical) trade analysts

I teach a ‘sum­mer inten­sive’ grad­u­ate course in Trade Research Meth­ods at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. In five days we cov­er every­thing from the role of evi­dence in pub­lic pol­i­cy to how to write a report that your boss will read (and even under­stand). Most of my stu­dents have no for­mal train­ing in sta­tis­tics (or […]

Is it time for WTO 2.0?

Richard Bald­win, whose writ­ing I like and whose schol­ar­ship I respect, thinks so. But I dis­agree for rea­sons I spell out (after sum­ma­riz­ing RB’s argu­ment) in my paper that you can down­load here In brief: if we could real­ly do what needs to be done in a WTO 2.0, then we wouldn’t need WTO 2.0 […]

Supply management has no place in the TPP

It would be mad­ness for Aus­tralia to agree to admit Cana­da to the TPP “free trade” nego­ti­a­tions on the basis that they might keep their astro­nom­i­cal­ly high bar­ri­ers to some food imports. The Cana­di­an Trade Min­is­ter, Ed Fast, told reporters this week that he believes Cana­da has “pub­lic sup­port” from six of the nine coun­tries […]

Governed by the gutless?

Alan Beattie’s new book­let “Who’s in Charge Here” (Ama­zon) is an amus­ing, accu­rate, acces­si­ble account of the cur­rent mess in glob­al finan­cial and trade “gov­er­nance.” Well worth the $3 price. But he draws a “les­son” from his lit­tle his­to­ry of the crises of 2008–2011 that I find un-sat­is­­fy­ing. Who’s in Charge Here is a valu­able […]