Rising Non-tariff Protectionism and Crisis Recovery
Most papers in this volume are a result from the Research Workshop "Rising non-tariff protectionism and crisis recovery" which was held on 14 and 15 December 2009 as part of the Macao Regional Knowledge Hub (MARKHUB) workshop series and was organized by the secretariats of ESCAP, UNCTAD and WTO. MARKHUB research workshops were the main modality of the Macao Regional Knowledge Hub project funded by the Government of Macao, China and implemented by the Trade and Investment Division of ESCAP from 2006 to 2010. This volume includes nine chapters; some were written specifically for the workshop, while some resulted from the ongoing research on broader topics. While these chapters do not exhaust all relevant questions on non-tariff protectionism, they provide a good inroad into the problem and they confirm once again that despite the popularity of non-tariff protection among policymakers, this area is under-researched, in terms of the quality and quantity of data, as well as the assessment of impacts. The old areas where non-tariff protectionism has been used to limit trade are now being enriched by new instruments (mostly belonging to "behind-the-border" types) and also targeting new linkages of trade such as climate change, environmental protection, labour standards, or protection of the public in a variety of areas (health, public morals, etc.).
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