Is there really no case for unilateral trade liberalization?

samedi 12 juin 2010 ·

As the Doha Round of Trade Negociations is receding in our memories and governments keep spending more and more and finding more and more ways to adopt strange but effective trade barriers, the hopes for multilateral liberalization weakens. The common is that we cannot liberalize without other people liberalizing with us at the same time because others would exploit the breach to get a dominating share of the market.

But here is my question with the aforementionned logic, why is it that most trade liberalization in terms of importances has actually occured autonomously, meaning that trade barriers were brought unilaterally?

NOTE : Very sorry, in ommission, I forgot to mention that this was for developping countries I am sorry about this mistake

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Bryan Breguet est candidat au doctorat en sciences économiques à l’université de Colombie-Britannique. D’origine Suisse, il a passé les cinq dernières années au Québec au cours desquelles il s’est engagé en politique provinciale malgré le fait qu’il ne possédait pas encore la citoyenneté canadienne. Il détient un B.Sc en économie et politique ainsi qu’une maitrise en sciences économiques de l’université de Montréal. Récipiendaire de plusieurs prix d’excellences et bourses, il connaît bien les méthodes quantitatives et leurs applications à la politique.

Vincent Geloso holds a master’s degree in economic history from the London School of Economics, with a focus on business cycles, international development, labor markets in preindustrial Europe and the new institutional economics. His research work examined the economic history of the province of Quebec from 1920 to 1960. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the Université de Montréal. He has also studied in the United States at the Washington Centre for Academic Seminars and Internships. Mr. Geloso has been an intern for the Prime Minister’s cabinet in Ottawa and for the National Post. He has also been the recipient of a fellowship from the Institute for Humane Studies and an international mobility bursary from the Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec. Currently, he is an economist at the Montreal Economic Institute.

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