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. It has not been pub­lished elsewhere.

Sad­ly, the prob­lems of mis­aligned incen­tives it describes are still true. There is still no prospect that Chi­na, Rus­sia and the USA (EU, Japan) will find com­mon ground in sub­stan­tial mul­ti­lat­er­al trade nego­ti­a­tions any time soon.

Mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism Post-Doha (RIRDC paper: unpub­lished)

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