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dc.contributor.authorMobariz, Ahmad Shah
dc.coverage.temporalASIA AND THE PACIFIC
dc.coverage.temporalEAST ASIA
dc.coverage.temporalAFGHANISTAN
dc.creatorUN.ESCAP
dc.creatorAsia-Pacific Research and Training Network on Trade (ARTNeT)
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-28T04:37:50Z
dc.date.available2021-03-28T04:37:50Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12870/1328
dc.description.abstractThis paper undertakes a cost-benefit analysis of Afghanistan’s accession to the WTO while attempting to shed light on the post-WTO accession challenges. For our empirical analysis we have applied the WITS/SMART model to assess the implication of the WTO membership. A cut in tariffs is the independent variable and government revenue, trade creation, consumer welfare and general welfare of the economy are dependent variables. The results indicate that Afghan consumers stand to benefit from tariff reforms with overall positive welfare gains to the economy. However, reduced tariff rates will lead to a fall in government revenue and a substantial increase in imports, subsequently raising concerns over negative trade balances. The final section of this paper studies the post-accession challenges with a particular focus on development, institutional, legal and environmental issues. Our analysis, based on the sectoral mix of Afghanistan’s economy suggests that producers will lose out. The findings of this study support the position that Afghanistan should maintain the maximum policy space in order to achieve its long-term development goals.
dc.format.extent53 p.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherUnited Nations
dc.relation.ispartofseriesARTNeT Working Paper
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dc.titleAfghanistan’s WTO accession : costs, benefits and post-accession challenges
dc.typeText
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.rights.holderUnited Nations
dc.subject.unbistTARIFFS
escap.publisherPlaceBangkok
escap.doctypeWorking paper
escap.programmeOfWorkTrade, Investment & Innovation
escap.libBibNumber59873
escap.bibLevelMonograph
escap.link.internalLinkhttps://www.unescap.org/resources/wto-accession-afghanistan-costs-benefits-and-post-accession-challenges
escap.countryAfghanistan
escap.subregionSouth and South-West Asia
escap.subregionEast and North-East Asia
escap.contactPhone+66 2 288-1234
escap.contactEmail[email protected]
escap.contactUnitTrade, Investment and Innovation Division
escap.ispartofseriesnoARTNeT Working Paper ; No. 147, 2015
dc.date.escap2015-03-20
dc.relation.ispartofseriesnoNo. 147, 2015


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