Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126508
Authors: 
Beghin, John C.
Maertens, Miet
Swinnen, Johan
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
LICOS Discussion Paper Series 363
Abstract: 
We assess the literature on public and private quality standards and their impact in food markets, international trade, and global supply chains. We focus on their effects on welfare, trade, industrial organization, and labor markets and with special attention to the North-South context. We also attempt to better characterize when these measures constitute protectionism, a complicate task. We look at studies investigating public and private standards and across various quantitative approaches and countries. These standards have complex effects. The evidence is mixed regarding standards as catalyst for or impediment against trade and development, reflecting the complexity of these effects and their specificity to industries and countries. The analysis of standard - like nontariff measures and their impacts does not lead to sweeping prescriptions for policy reforms. We identify more modest prescriptions and make some recommendation s for fruitful research directions.
Subjects: 
supply chain
standards
nontariff measures
SPS
NTM
trade
welfare
North-South
JEL: 
F13
F15
Q17
O19
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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