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dc.contributor.authorWeeks, Heather Ashleyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T20:34:36Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T20:34:36Z
dc.date.issued2011-01-28en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-04292011-144242en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/32037
dc.description.abstractThe agricultural negotiations in the World Trade Organizationâ s (WTO) Doha Development Agenda (DDA) are calling for a specific Special Safeguard Mechanism (SSM) for developing countries that will protect agricultural producers from import surges or price declines, and could potentially add stability to domestic markets. While most of the parameters of this SSM have been decided upon, the DDA negotiations faltered on the issue of whether or not developing nations should be allowed to exceed their pre-Doha bound tariff rates when invoking the SSM. For developing countries, tariffs on agricultural products are an important policy tool to support domestic prices and protect their smallholder producers from global market shifts. Tariffs, however, distort world prices and create global welfare losses. The purpose of this thesis is to assess the impacts of the SSM on global prices and welfare using a non-spatial, synthetic, stochastic, global, partial equilibrium model of the world soybean market. The SSM is assessed in concert with the currently proposed DDA tariff cutting formulas since the additional duties allowed under the SSM are proportional to prevailing bound tariff levels. This study asserts that the SSM actually decreases global price and welfare stability, decreasing world prices of the commodities on which an SSM is placed, though positively affects tariff revenues for those particular commodities. While the SSM may offer a short-term solution for developing countries, its long-term outlook as a price stabilization tool is a not credible argument.en_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartWeeks_HA_T_2011.pdfen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectsoybeanen_US
dc.subjectpartial equilibriumen_US
dc.subjectDoha Development Agendaen_US
dc.subjectSSMen_US
dc.subjectspecial safeguard mechanismen_US
dc.titleAssessing the Impacts of a Special Safeguard Mechanism for Agriculture in the Doha Development Agendaen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineAgricultural and Applied Economicsen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairGrant, Jason Hughen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMarchant, Mary A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberNorton, George W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberPeterson, Everett B.en_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-04292011-144242/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-04-29en_US
dc.date.rdate2011-06-16
dc.date.adate2011-06-16en_US


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