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Trade and Environment Beyond Singapore

John Whalley

NBER Working Paper No. 5768
Issued in September 1996
NBER Program(s):   ITI

This paper discusses the likely evolution of the trade and environment issue in the World Trade Organization after the upcoming ministerial meeting in Singapore this December. It makes a number of points. Progress within the GATT/WTO on this issue looks likely to be slow and painfully incremental rather than bold as environmental groups would wish to see. The paper also argues that despite (and beyond) Singapore, one has to go further than the GATT/WTO to see the potential evolution of the trade and environment issue. Developments seem likely to be driven in the next few years as much by factors outside the GATT/WTO as well as within it, as new global environmental arrangements, some with potentially large trade implications (such as carbon emission limitation agreements), emerge.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5768

Published: Sampson, G. and J. Whalley (eds.) The WTO, Trade and the Environment. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2005.

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