Do WTO Disputes Actually Increase Trade?

  title={Do WTO Disputes Actually Increase Trade?},
  author={Stephen Chaudoin and Jeffrey Kucik and Krzysztof J. Pelc},
  journal={LSN: WTO Law (Topic)},
At a time when multilateral trade negotiations are failing, the World Trade Organization’s Dispute Settlement Understanding (DSU) is widely seen as the paragon of legalized dispute settlement and is thought to play a key role in liberalizing world trade. We ask a simple empirical question with important theoretical implications: do WTO disputes increase trade? We systematically analyze the effects of WTO disputes on a country’s imports at the product level.We find that WTO disputes do not, on… 

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