VALUE CHAIN UPGRADING FOR COMPETITIVENESS AND SUSTAINABILITY: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF TEA VALUE CHAINS IN KENYA, SRI LANKA AND NEPAL. By Sarah A. Mohan for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (February 2018). This study looks at tea value chains in selected countries to examine how different policies affect trade competitiveness, sustainability, and related issues. The research paper is available for download at the ICTSD website.
LEAST-DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY AND THE TRIPS AGREEMENT. By Jayashree Watal and Leticia Caminero for the World Trade Organization (WTO) (February 2018). This new working paper looks at the WTO’s intellectual property rules and the specific obligation that developed countries have in relation to supporting technology transfer to least developed countries. It looks at the history of this provision’s implementation and provides recommendations for next steps. The paper is available for download at the WTO website.
OECD COMPANION TO THE INVENTORY OF SUPPORT MEASURES FOR FOSSIL FUELS 2018. Published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (February 2018). This new publication examines current measures in place across various economies to support fossil fuels, along with how to complement other existing analyses of these measures. The report is available at the OECD’s iLibrary.
WHY HAS THE STOCK MARKET RISEN SO MUCH SINCE THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? By Olivier Blanchard, Christopher G. Collins, Mohammad R. Jahan-Parvar, Thomas Pellet, and Beth Anne Wilson for the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) (February 2018). Stock markets have increased by 25 percent according to the Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 index since the 2016 US presidential election. This policy brief seeks to review the causes of this stock market rise to determine whether it is due to an actual increase in dividends or unhealthy price developments. This policy brief can be accessed online.