Does tariff liberalisation cause regulatory chill by putting downward pressure on health, safety and environmental standards? Or does it cause a race to the top as governments seek to use standards as non-tariff barriers to trade? There remains remarkably little empirical evidence to answer these long-debated questions. We seek to address this lack by analysing annual country-by-industry data on notifications of changes in sanitary and phytosanitary standards by WTO members.
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