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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 15 No. 3 (Summer 2001)

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The WTO as a Mechanism for Securing Market Access Property Rights: Implications for Global Labor and Environmental Issues

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Bagwell, Kyle, and Robert W. Staiger. 2001. "The WTO as a Mechanism for Securing Market Access Property Rights: Implications for Global Labor and Environmental Issues." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(3): 69-88.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.15.3.69

Abstract

Can the World Trade Organization (WTO) contribute to the attainment of sound labor and environmental policies? An answer requires an understanding of WTO rules. We argue that the purpose of WTO rules is to create a negotiating forum where governments can exchange secure market access commitments. From this perspective, we argue that supporters of sound trade, labor and environmental policies can benefit from a well-functioning WTO, because facilitating trade liberalization and preventing race-to-the-bottom/regulatory-chill problems go hand in hand, and each is accomplished by maintaining secure property rights over negotiated market access commitments.

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Bagwell, Kyle (Columbia U and NBER)
Staiger, Robert W. (U WI and NBER)

JEL Classifications

F16: Trade and Labor Market Interactions
F18: Trade and Environment
F13: Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
Q28: Renewable Resources and Conservation: Government Policy
J58: Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining: Public Policy
D23: Organizational Behavior; Transaction Costs; Property Rights

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