Putting Development First:
WTO, Global Trade and Sustainable Development
GDAE's Globalization and Sustainable
Development Program is actively involved in
analyzing the ongoing World Trade Organization negotiations as part of its research on trade and sustainable development.
The goal is to promote trade rules that ensure environmental sustainability while leaving developing countries the "policy space" to stimulate dynamic development. Framework analysis is provided in the edited book by Kevin P. Gallagher, Putting
Development First: The Importance of Policy Space
in the WTO and IFIs, (Zed Books,
2005). Research areas include: Doha Projections Project, Policy Space for Development, and Toward a New Consensus on Globalization and Development.
GDAE researchers have presented their work in briefings for negotiators and at the WTO Public Forums. For coverage of earlier negotiations, see the summary of the 2010 session on "The World Trading System in the Wake of the Financial Crisis" or listen to the audio of the session. Get the summary, presentations, and audio from the 2009 session. A summary of the 2008 session is also available.
Support to WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement is Insufficient or Misdirected, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Policy Brief, July 25, 2014
Will the WTO fast-track trade at the expense of food security?, Timothy A. Wise and Jeronim Capaldo, Al Jazeera, July 24, 2014
Trade Hallucination: Risks of Trade Facilitation and Suggestions for Implementation, Jeronim Capaldo, GDAE Working Paper 14-01, June 2014
Battle Won, The War Goes On, Timothy A. Wise, BW | Business World, January 7, 2014
Right to food wins 'defensive battle' in World Trade Organization deal, Timothy A. Wise, Global Post, December 8, 2013
10 signs of US hypocrisy on India's food security programme, Timothy A. Wise, Firstpost, December 6, 2013
Trade facilitation has real costs and dubious gains, Jeronim Capaldo, Letter to the editor of the Financial Times, December 4, 2013
US opposition to ambitious Indian program a 'direct attack on the right to food, Timothy A. Wise, Global Post, December 3, 2013
The Uncertain Gains from Trade Facilitation, Jeronim Capaldo GDAE Policy Brief 13-02 December 2, 2013
US Demands May Kill WTO Agreement:
On May 27, 2011, GDAE's Timothy A. Wise gave an interview to The Real News Network on the Doha trade talks, and how US demands on developing countries are bringing the negotiations to a standstill. Read his recent Triple Crisis Blog post, Doha Goes on Life Support.
"Doha Goes on Life Support," by Timothy Wise, GDAE Globalization Commentary, May 2011 (Also available in Spanish).
"Is Development Back in the Doha Round?” by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, South Centre Policy Brief #18, November 2009.
"Are There Large New Gains from Trade?" by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, Bridges Trade Monthly, February 2010 (also published in Spanish "¿Existen nuevas ganancias de la Ronda Doha?" by Puentes Bimestral, Vol. 10, No. 6, December 2009).
"The Shrinking Gains from Global Trade Liberalization in Computable General Equilibrium Models," by Frank Ackerman and Kevin P. Gallagher, International Journal of Political Economy, vol. 37, no. 1, Spring 2008. (NOTICE: Author Posting. (c) M. E. Sharpe, Inc., 2008. This article may be used for research, teaching, and private study purposes. Any substantial or systematic reproduction, re-distribution, re-selling, loan or sub-licensing, systematic supply or distribution in any form to anyone is expressly forbidden.)
"Back to the Drawing Board: No Basis for Concluding the Doha Round of Negotiations" by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, RIS Policy Brief #36, April 2008.
"No Fast Track to Global Poverty Reduction," by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, GDAE Policy Brief 07-02, April 2007.
Round and Developing Countries: Will the Doha deal
do more harm than good?" RIS Policy
Brief #22, by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P.
Gallagher, April 2006.
"Steamrolled in trade talks," By Kevin P. Gallagher, Newsday, August 20, 2006.
Hidden Price Tag" By Kevin P. Gallagher, Bridges Trade Monthly, March-April, 2006.
Doha Round's Development Impacts: Shrinking Gains
and Real Costs," RIS Policy Brief
#19, by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher,
Hong Kong Ministerial: What’s at Stake for
the Poor?" By Timothy A. Wise
and Kevin P. Gallagher, Bridges Trade Monthly, December 2005. (Also available in Spanish.)
Shrinking Gains from Trade: A Critical Assessment
of Doha Round Projections," by
Frank Ackerman, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-01, October 2005.
WTO's Development Crumbs," By
Timothy A. Wise, Foreign Policy in Focus,
January 23, 2006
Research Director Frank Ackerman debates trade modeling
with Will Martin, the World Bank's lead economist
in their Trade and Development Research Group. June, 2006
"Collapse of the Doha Round of the WTO." by Timothy A. Wise, Dollars & Sense Magazine "Economy in Numbers" series, Sept-Oct 2006. (Not available online.)
Gains web page with press
"The Hypocrisy Clause," by Timothy A. Wise, Policy Innovations, Carnegie Council, June 18, 2010.
"Cleaning house at the WTO," by Kevin Gallagher and Timothy Wise, The Guardian, December 1, 2009.
"Trading our Way Out of the Financial Crisis: The Need for WTO Reform," by Kevin P. Gallagher and Timothy A. Wise, Americas Program Policy Brief,
International Policy, March 4, 2009. (A version of this article is also available in Spanish here: http://www.ircamericas.org/esp/5943). (This article also appeared in Rebuilding Global Trade: Toward a Fairer, More Sustainable Future).
“Resources, Rules and International Political Economy: The Politics of Development in the WTO,” by Ken Shadlen, GDAE Working Paper No. 09-01, January 2009.
“Putting Development Back in the WTO,” by Timothy A. Wise and Kevin P. Gallagher, PSE, December 2008.
This article is part of a recently published booklet, " Looking beyond Doha? New thinking on trade policy and development."
“21st Century Trade Agreements: Implications for Long-Run Development Policy” by Rachel Denae Thrasher and Kevin P. Gallagher, The Pardee Papers, No. 2, The Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, September 2008.
"Relevance of ‘Policy Space’ for Development:
Implications for Multilateral Trade Negotiations," by Nagesh Kumar and Kevin P. Gallagher, RIS Discussion Paper #120, March 2007.
"The WTO and the Shrinking of Development Space—How Big is the Bite?" by Alisa DiCaprio and Kevin P. Gallagher, Journal of World Investment and Trade, Volume 7, no. 5, October 2006.
A policy brief based on this article appeared as "Measuring the Cost of Lost Policy Space at the WTO," Americas Program, International Relations Center, March 20, 2007.
This document was also published in Spanish and Korean.
Trading Away Industrial Development?"
Kevin P. Gallagher, IRC Americas Program Policy
Report, December 13, 2005
Space for Development in the WTO and Beyond: The
Case of Intellectual Property Rights,"
Ken Shadlen, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-06, November
the Real Winners from U.S. Agricultural Policies,"
Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper No. 05-07, December,
Policy Space for Sustainable Development: The Subsidies
Agreement at the WTO," Francisco
Aguayo Ayala and Kevin P. Gallagher,
Trade Knowledge Network/IISD, December 2005.
Peasant Coffee Production: Organic and Fair Trade
Markets in Mexico," by
Muriel Calo and Timothy A. Wise, October 2005.
Other Relevant Publications
"Challenging Opportunities for the Multilateral Trade Regime," Kevin P. Gallagher, The Future and the WTO: Confronting the Challenges A Collection of Short Essays, ICTSD Programme on Global Economic Policy and Institutions, July 2012
International Investment for Sustainable Development, Lyuba Zarsky,
editor, Earthscan, 2004
Trade and the Environment: Mexico, NAFTA, and Beyond,
Kevin P. Gallagher, Stanford University
Confronting Globalization: Economic Integration and Popular
Resistance in Mexico, Timothy
A. Wise, Hilda Salazar, and Laura Carlsen
(eds.), Kumarian Press
and Editorial Miguel Angel Porrua,
in Spanish as Enfrentando
la Globalizacion: Respuestas
Sociales a la Integracion
Economica de Mexico, Laura
Carlsen, Tim Wise,
and Hilda Salazar, eds.,
Editorial Miguel Angel
Reader on International Trade and Sustainable Development,
Kevin P. Gallagher and Jacob Werksman (eds.), Earthscan
Globalization and the Environment: Lessons from the Americas,
by the Working Group on Development and Environment
July 2004, Heinrich Boll Foundation.
"The Paradox of Agricultural Subsidies: Measurement Issues,
Agricultural Dumping, and Policy Reform"
by Timothy A. Wise, GDAE Working Paper 04-02, May
paper is summarized in: "Barking Up the Wrong Tree: Agricultural Subsidies, Dumping,
and Policy Reform," Bridges
Trade Monthly, May 2004. (Also
in Spanish, in Puentes entre el comercio y el desarrollo
"The Environmental Costs of Agricultural Trade Liberalization:
Mexico-U.S. Maize Trade Under NAFTA," Alejandro Nadal and Timothy
A. Wise. Working Group Discussion Paper DP04,
Trade in Tropical Crops is Possible: International
Commodity Agreements Revisited,”
by Niek Koning, Muriel Calo, and Roel Jongeneel.
North-South Centre Discussion Paper No. 3, Wangeningen
University, June 2004.