Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20264
Authors: 
Schiff, Maurice
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 1029
Abstract: 
This paper considers the policy options of the West Bank and Gaza (WBG) with respect to trade and the exports of labor services. It concludes that i) a non-discriminatory trade policy (NDTP) is unambiguously superior to an FTA with Israel; ii) the WBG should pursue a NDTP with all its neighbors, but only under the condition that the trade policy be open, transparent, and enforced by a credible lock-in mechanism; otherwise, a CU with Israel may be preferable; iii) the PA should establish a system of fee-based permits for Palestinian labor working in Israel, and iv) the PA should consider allowing access by Jordanian workers to the WBG labor market.
Subjects: 
West Bank and Gaza
labor services
free trade agreement
customs union
unilateral liberalization
JEL: 
F16
J61
F15
F10
J30
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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