Concepts of Fairness in the Global Trading System

26 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2007

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Andrew Brown

Independent

Robert M. Stern

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor - Department of Economics

Abstract

We first discuss why fairness is a condition of the agreements among governments that form the global trading system. We then suggest that fairness can best be considered within the framework of two concepts: equality of opportunity and distributive equity. We thereafter discuss what these mean as applied to market access and its supporting rules as well as to dispute settlement and trade remedy measures. Finally, we make some comments about fairness in the Doha Development Round.

Suggested Citation

Brown, Andrew G. and Stern, Robert M., Concepts of Fairness in the Global Trading System. Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 12, No. 3, pp. 293-318, August 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=997467 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0106.2007.00359.x

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