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Product Standards Coalitions in a Market Without Borders

Alessandra Casella

NBER Working Paper No. 5853
Issued in December 1996
NBER Program(s):International Finance and Macroeconomics, International Trade and Investment

Traditional analyses of standards in international trade identify standards as government regulations and investigate the potential for distortion of trade flows. In reality, however, private industry groups exercise critical influence on the determination of technical standards. The composition of these groups is affected by technology and market conditions, and in an integrated market the alliances of private firms are likely to cross national boundaries, generating harmonization bottom. across economic activities and across countries, economic integration should bring increased harmonization across countries and finer differentiation across products. Empirical evidence from the United States and the European Union, although mostly anecdotical, supports this prediction.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w5853

Published: Casella, Alessandra. "Product Standards And International Trade: Harmonization Through Private Coalitions?," Kyklos, 2001, v54(2/3), 243-264.

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