Title

The Doha Round of the WTO & Agricultural Market Liberalization: Impacts on Developing Economies

Campus Units

Economics, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2005

Journal or Book Title

Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy

Volume

27

Issue

3

First Page or Article ID Number

317

Last Page

335

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-9353.2005.00252.x

Abstract

We investigate the impacts of multilateral removal of all border taxes and farm programs and their distortions on developing economies, using a world agriculture partial equilibrium model. We quantify changes in prices, trade flows, and production locations. Border measures and farm programs both affect world trade, but trade barriers have the largest impact. Following removal, trade expansion is substantial for most commodities, especially dairy, meats, and vegetable oils. Net agricultural and food exporters emerge with expanded exports; net importing countries with limited distortions before liberalization are penalized by higher world prices and reduced imports. We draw implications for current World Trade Organization negotiations.

JEL Classification

Q13, Q17

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy 27 (2005): 317, doi:10.1111/j.1467-9353.2005.00252.x