Economic Paper Series

Supporting Investment and Private Sector Development in Times of Crisis

Publication date: 1 April 2010
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Documents the effects of the global financial crisis on investment and private sector development in small states. It uses case studies (St Lucia, Vanuatu and Mauritius) to draw lessons from policy responses and propose further support required at both the national and international level to support the private sector through the economic crisis.

Towards a Quantitative Assessment of Aid for Trade

Publication date: 1 November 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Presents quantitative evidence of the effectiveness of aid for trade, the initiative to promote development by providing resources targeted at boosting involvement in international trade by developing countries. This work suggests which types of aid for trade measures are likely to be particularly effective.

Trade Effects of Rules on Procurement for Commonwealth ACP Members

Publication date: 15 November 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper assesses the potential trade effects of rules on procurement policies in Commonwealth ACP countries. It provides a practical guide for policy-makers and negotiators to determine the impact of government procurement rules and policies taken at the national level or negotiated in trade agreements.

Making Trade in Services Supportive of Development in Commonwealth Small and Low-income Countries

Publication date: 15 November 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper assesses new innovative measures in trade in service negotiations that reflect the vulnerabilities and challenges faced by developing countries. It outlines the approaches that can help small and low-income countries in a manner that is practical and supportive of their economic development.

Quantifying Aid for Trade

Contibutors: Liz Turner
Publication date: 1 November 2008
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Using Tanzania as a case study this book shows how different definitions of Aid for Trade lead to different estimates of the amount being delivered. It suggests an alternative simple and practical methodology for recipient countries to classify and quantify it.

Reform of International Institutions

Publication date: 1 January 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Examines three sets of major international institutions: the UN, the World Bank and IMF, and institutions concerned with international environmental governance. This book argues that global concerns have outgrown the existing system and an effective response requires serious multilateral co-operation.

Assessing the Playing Field

Contibutors: Camille Stoll-Davey
Publication date: 1 May 2007
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

Full participation by small and developing countries in the financial services sector requires a "level playing field". This work analyses debates on this issue between the OECD and small and developing countries, and suggests ways to ensure fairness in international taxation matters.

The CARIFORUM and Pacific ACP Economic Partnership Agreements

Publication date: 1 February 2009
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

A report on the CARIFORUM and Pacific ACP Economic Partnership Agreements that analyses the detailed implications for the economies of the countries involved of commitments signed or initialled, including an indication of the broad country and region-wide effects.

Effectiveness of Aid for Trade in Small and Vulnerable Economies

Publication date: 15 March 2011
Format: E-book (PDF), Paperback

This Economic Paper presents the first analyses of the use and effectiveness of Aid for Trade (AfT), the initiative to help developing countries boost their involvement in the global economy. It examines the extent to which SVEs have been able to access AfT funds and to what extent this assistance has helped them to improve their trade performance.

The Emerging Debt Problems of Small States

Contibutors: Dinesh Dodhia
Publication date: 1 April 2008
Format: Paperback

Examines the history of indebtedness, its likely causes in different economies, and prospects for dealing with the debt problem. This book argues that there is a need for a comprehensive international framework to deal with it, covering fiscal discipline in small states themselves, and improved debt recording and debt management.