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Bounded Rationality and Economic Diplomacy: The Politics of Investment Treaties in Developing Countries (Preface and Ch.1)
"Through a comprehensive and timely analysis, this book shows that governments in developing countries typically overestimated the economic benefits of investment treaties and practically ignored their risks. Rooted in insights on bounded rationality from behavioural psychology and economics, the analysis highlights how policy-makers often relied on inferential shortcuts when assessing the implications of the treaties, which resulted in systematic deviations from fully rational behaviour."
Labor Rights and Labor Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Investment Negotiations: An American Perspective
Paper exploring the main challenges of EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Negotiations in terms of living and working conditions of peoples on both continents and offering recommendations on how to best advance the social dimension of a trade agreement.
Labour Provisions in Free Trade Agreements: Fostering their Consistency with the ILO Standards System
"This paper explores the implications of ILO labour standards in trade agreements. It first examines the trends among various States parties as to how ILO instruments are referred to in trade agreements and then analyses the legal consequences of those references. Finally, the paper considers various options for utilising the mechanisms within the ILO’s mandate that could provide guidance on the incorporation and implementation of these labour standards. Among others, the relevant trade bodies could turn to the ILO for increased capacity building and guidance to help ensure that the relevant provisions in trade agreements work in synergy with the international labour standards system."
Global Development: The Lisbon Treaty, Trade and Sub-Saharan Africa
Trading Down: Unemployment, Inequality and Other Risks of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) emphasize its prospective economic benefits, with economic growth increasing due to rising trade volumes and investment. However, these projections assume full employment and constant income distribution in all countries excluding some of the major risks of trade liberalization. Allowing for changes in employment and income distribution, this paper shows that the benefits to economic growth are smaller than those projected with full-employment models, and that the TPP will likely lead to losses in employment and increases in inequality.
Impact of Trade Liberalization and Trade Agreements In Decent Work creation and sustainable development. Key points for the structure of the report.
Switzerland-China Free Trade Agreement and Labour Rights
"After four years of negotiations, Switzerland has become the second European country to sign a free trade agreement (FTA) with China. The importance of the FTA rests in the fact that China regards it as a significant trial run for further FTAs with industrialised countries and the European Union (EU). This has led to political controversies accompanying the negotiation process."
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