Measuring WTO’s Contributions to Global Economic Welfare

Measuring WTO’s Contributions to Global Economic Welfare

Elgar Research Reviews in Economics

Kym Anderson

At a time when political leaders of the member nations are not acting to strengthen the multilateral trading system via the World Trade Organization, it is worthwhile to reflect on the WTO’s contributions to global welfare since its inception more than 65 years ago. This research review assembles seminal empirical studies which estimate the past and prospective, national and global economic welfare impacts of GATT/WTO-induced multilateral trade liberalizations. It also touches on the effects of the Uruguay Round’s TRIPS Agreement on intellectual property rights, and the benefits from WTO accessions and trade facilitation initiatives.

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