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WTO: What You See Is Not What You Get (December 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sat, Dec 18, 2010

WTO: What You See Is Not What You Get (December 2010)

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With globalization, “What you see is not what you get” is one of the messages of a recently-launched WTO staff paper that, written by Andreas Maurer and Christophe Degain, aims at promoting a debate on the best way to measure trade flows.[1]

“The objective of official merchandise trade statistics is to describe adequately economic phenomena

WTO, OECD and UNCTAD deliver reports on trade and investment measures before Seoul Summit (November 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Nov 11, 2010

WTO, OECD and UNCTAD deliver reports on trade and investment measures before Seoul Summit (November 2010)

Two reports were released before the G20 Summit: one by the WTO on G20 trade developments, and another jointly prepared by the OECD and UNCTAD on G20 investment developments. Both reports covered the period from May through October of 2010. 

IMF love for exchange rate management: a passing fade? (August 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Sep 3, 2010

IMF love for exchange rate management: a passing fade? (August 2010)

 

A few months ago the IMF was issuing a staff paper “Rethinking Macroeconomic Policy.” (IMF 2010).

Most of the attention drawn by the paper was related to what was considered a dramatic departure from Central Bank orthodoxy. This was the possibility of accepting the targeting of inflation at 4, rather than 2 percent—generally on the grounds that having a higher inflation would give policy-makers more room to cut rates in a recession, before the rates hit zero.

Does the Global Partnership for Development Reflect Human Rights? (March 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Mar 29, 2010

Does the Global Partnership for Development Reflect Human Rights? (March 2010)

In 2000 all countries committed to developing a Global Partnership for Development. Speaking at a symposium hosted by Harvard University Law School, 10 years later, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari presents a paper co-authored with Mac Darrow, Coordinator of the Human Rights and MDGs Unit of the OHCHR. The paper examines whether the Global Partnership for Development lived up to the human rights obligations of the international community.
IMF backtracks on constraints to trade-led development –but how much? (October 2009)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Oct 29, 2009

IMF backtracks on constraints to trade-led development –but how much? (October 2009)

Over the summer, the IMF revised its Guidance Note for implementing Bilateral Surveillance of Members. The changes respond to some criticisms about the 2007 Decision on Bilateral Surveillance. But how much do such changes really achieve? is a question that this article tries to answer.
Gender Issues In International Trade

Global Women's Project | Wed, Feb 11, 1998

Gender Issues In International Trade

"Trade policies have different consequences on women and men because women and men differ in their economic and social status. Women and men respond differently to economic and trade policies because they have different sets of private resources and levels of access to public ones. Status and control over resources are intricately woven into the sexual division of labor, the assignment of productive and reproductive roles. Thus, the economic impact of trade policy on the genders must look at price and quantity effects as they relate to the differential status of men and women and their different sets of resources. Meanwhile, the social and human development impact of trade policy must look at how choice sets have been altered and how alterations have affected women and men. Both kinds of impact analysis, in turn, help determine the changes in the welfare of both genders."