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Trade Policy and Labor Services : Final Status Options for the West Bank and Gaza

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS AGRICULTURE AVERAGE TARIFF AVERAGE TARIFF RATE BORDER CONTROLS COMMON MARKET CONSUMER GOODS CURRENCY CUSTOMS CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION CUSTOMS AUTHORITIES CUSTOMS DUTIES CUSTOMS OFFICERS CUSTOMS OFFICIALS CUSTOMS POSTS CUSTOMS UNION CUSTOMS VALUATION DEVELOPMENT DISCOUNT RATE DISPUTE SETTLEMENT DOMESTIC PRODUCTS DUMPING DUTY-FREE ACCESS DUTY-FREE TRADE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS ECONOMIC RELATIONS ECONOMISTS ELASTICITIES ELASTICITY ELASTICITY OF SUPPLY EQUILIBRIUM EXPORT PRICE EXPORT PROCESSING EXPORT SUPPLY EXPORTERS EXPORTS EXTERNAL TRADE EXTERNAL TRADE POLICY FINANCIAL SERVICES FREE ACCESS FREE TRADE FREE TRADE AGREEMENT GDP GNP IMPERFECT SUBSTITUTES IMPORT TARIFF IMPORT TAXES INCOME INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS INEFFICIENCY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS INTEREST GROUPS INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS INVESTMENT GOODS LABOR FORCE LABOR MARKET LABOR SERVICES LEGISLATION MARKET MARKET ACCESS MEMBER COUNTRIES MFN TARIFFS MONETARY POLICY MONETARY UNION MONOPOLIES MOST-FAVORED-NATION NON-TARIFF MEASURES NONDISCRIMINATORY TRADE OPEN OPEN ECONOMIES OPEN ECONOMY OPEN NEIGHBORS PER CAPITA INCOME PERFECT SUBSTITUTES POLICY MAKERS POLITICAL ECONOMY PREFERENTIAL ACCESS PREFERENTIAL AGREEMENT PREFERENTIAL TARIFF PRESENT VALUE PROCESS OF LIBERALIZATION PRODUCTIVE RESOURCES PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION RATES PUBLIC GOOD PUBLIC SERVICES QUANTITATIVE RESTRICTIONS QUOTAS REAL INCOME REGIONAL AGREEMENTS REGIONAL INTEGRATION REVENUE LOSS RULES OF ORIGIN SAFEGUARD MEASURES SAVINGS SUNK COSTS TARIFF LINES TARIFF RATE TARIFF REDUCTION TARIFF REVENUE TARIFF STRUCTURE TAX REVENUE TECHNICAL STANDARDS TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRADABLE GOODS TRADE TRADE AGREEMENT TRADE DEFICIT TRADE DEFLECTION TRADE DIVERSION TRADE LIBERALIZATION TRADE POLICY TRADE POLICY OPTIONS TRADE POLICY REVIEW TRADE PREFERENCES TRADE REGIME TRADE TAX REVENUE TRADE TAXES TRANSACTIONS COSTS UNILATERAL TRADE UNILATERAL TRADE LIBERALIZATION URUGUAY ROUND VALUE ADDED VALUE OF IMPORTS WELFARE GAINS WELFARE LOSS WTO ZERO TARIFF TRADE POLICY LABOR SUPPLY PERMITS CUSTOMS ADMINISTRATION CUSTOMS UNIONS LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION TARIFF STRUCTURES VALUE ADDED TAXES SMUGGLING TRANSACTION COSTS FREE TRADE AREAS JORDANIANS
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World Bank, Washington, D.C.
Middle East and North Africa | West Bank and Gaza
2013-08-05T19:27:05Z | 2013-08-05T19:27:05Z | 2002-04

The author considers the policy options of the West Bank and Gaza with respect to trade and the export of labor services. He concludes that: 1) Nondiscriminatory trade policy is unambiguously superior to a free trade agreement with Israel; 2) The West Bank and Gaza should pursue a nondiscriminatory trade policy with all its neighbors, but only on the condition that the trade policy be open, transparent, and enforced by a credible lock-in mechanism. Otherwise, a customs union with Israel may be preferable; 3) The Palestinian Authority should establish a system of fee-based permits for Palestinians working in Israel; and 4) The Palestinian Authority should consider allowing Jordanians access to the West Bank and Gaza labor market.

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