Quantification of Non-tariff Measures

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The increase in the relative importance of non-tariff measures has increased awareness of the various deficiencies in existing non-tariff measures (NTM) data collections. This paper is concerned with the measurement of non-tariff measures (NTMs) for use in the formulation of trade policy. First, NTMS are defined and classified. Second, the effects of NTMs and how to compute those effects are reviewed. Third, there is a brief discussion on sources of data on NTMs, which is followed by some results on the landscape of NTMs in the Asia-Pacific region. Finally, this paper concludes with a discussion on how to proceed with the issue of enhancing the collection and measurement of NTM data.


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
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Policy Issues in International Trade and Commodities Study Series

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