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24 May Preferential tariff formation : the case of the European Union

The proliferation of preferential trade agreements (PTAs)and the slow progress of multilateral trade negotiations (MTNs) have raised interest among scholars and policymakers in the question of how MFN and preferential tariffs are related. The paper addresses this set of issues using a panel of highly disaggregated tariff data (1995-2007) for the European Union (EU), one of the most prolific...

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(2014) - English

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

24 May A surplus of ambition: can Europe rely on large primary surpluses to solve its debt problem?

IMF forecasts and the EU's Fiscal Compact foresee Europe's heavily indebted countries running primary budget surpluses of as much as 5 percent of GDP for as long as 10 years in order to maintain debt sustainability and bring their debt/GDP ratios down to the Compact's 60 percent target. We show that primary surpluses this large and persistent are rare. In an extensive sample of high- and...

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(2014) - English

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Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

24 May The Principle of Common Concern and Climate Change

The international community has made a substantial effort to create awareness and foster research as well as developing inventories and methodologies to combat global warming. It has come a long way. The review and assessment of the most recent scientific, technical and socioeconomic information by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) amounts to one of the most comprehensive...

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University of Zürich - Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and IT

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