Will Martin is former Research Manager for the Agriculture and Rural Development, in the Development Research Group. He obtained his first degrees from the University of Queensland and the Australian National University, and Masters and PhD degrees from Iowa State University. Before joining the World Bank, he worked as a researcher and manager at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and as a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He has published extensively on agricultural trade policy and developing countries, with a particular focus on the World Trade Organization and economic development. He has published widely using quantitative models such as the Global Trade Analysis Project, and has a particular interest in using detailed data to build up a complete picture of the effects of policies on welfare impacts at national and household levels.
The Doha Development Agenda (DDA) is in limbo. After ten years of hard work by skilled negotiators, seeking to identify the interests of different participants and to reconcile them into an overall agreement, no conclusion is in sight. A Doha-weary world faces a difficult “trilemma”: to implement all or part of the draft agreements as they stand today; to modify them substantially; or to dump Doha and start afresh. At this critical juncture, this volume aims to provide a better empirical basis for informed choices.
This edited volume reviews the current “value” of preferences for beneficiary countries in major OECD markets, assesses the implications of preference erosion under different global liberalization scenarios, and discusses potential policy responses.