Bilateralism in Agriculture when Countries use Distorting Domestic Policies

A recent theoretical research proved that countries always have an incentive to deviate from global free trade when international markets are oligopolistic and when governments are politically biased. This result suggests that global free trade in agriculture (GFTA) cannot be reached as political bias and market power have both been identified. According to May (2011), bilateral agreements could eventually be used as alternative political tools to reach GFTA. This article extends the work of this author to determine whether bilateralism could also lead to GFTA in a realistic world where governments use distorting domestic policies to protect their agricultural sector.


Issue Date:
Sep 02 2011
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/114657
Page range:
1-12
Total Pages:
13
JEL Codes:
F12; Q17; Q18




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