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WTO Working Papers

WTO working papers usually represent research in progress. Such research may be conducted in the preparation of WTO Secretariat reports, studies or other material for WTO members. The papers are circulated for comment because the WTO considers critical review of professional research to be extremely important.

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Trade Policies for a Circular Economy

What can We Learn from WTO Experience?

From its initial focus on minimizing waste generation, the circular economy has evolved into a broad-based approach to make resource use more sustainable. A big part of the appeal of a circular economy is the opportunities it creates not only for resource savings and better human health and environmental outcomes, but also for trade and economic diversification.

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Keywords: Resource efficiency, sustainable development, Policy coordination, Waste, Aid for Trade, WTO, Circular economy, transparency, International trade
JEL: F13: International Economics / Trade / Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations; Q56: Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics / Environmental Economics / Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth; F18: International Economics / Trade / Trade and Environment; F64: International Economics / Economic Impacts of Globalization / Economic Impacts of Globalization: Environment; F42: International Economics / Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance / International Policy Coordination and Transmission
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