New publications from OECD, mid January 2019

New OECD publications have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

Trading Away Health: The Influence of Trade Policy on Youth Tobacco Control

Tobacco companies and tobacco-producing nations are exploiting international trade rules to block implementation of policies designed to curb youth smoking. These challenges represent a growing threat to tobacco control efforts, of which pediatricians should be made aware. Ongoing lawsuits and trade disputes, as well as contemporary trade agreements, challenge health principles by treating tobacco—a lethal and addictive product—the same as any other good. This article equips health care providers with the requisite vocabulary, history, and analysis to understand the impact of global trade practices on youth tobacco control.

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Quantitative economic impact assessment of invasive plant pests: What does it require and when is it worth the effort?

According to the International Plant Protection Convention and the World Trade Organization Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary measures, any measure against the introduction and spread of new pests must be justified by a science-based pest risk analysis. Economic impact assessments are usually carried out using a qualitative approach, based on classifying the size of impact into five categories, from “minimal” to “massive”. Whilst the qualitative approach may be adequate in many instances, it lacks transparency and demonstrable objectivity.

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