The WTO Without Tears: Conceptual Framework for Measuring How Trade Agreements Affect Consumers


Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC)




This report presents an analytical framework for assessing the impacts of international trade agreements on Canadian consumers, and also provides a comparative benchmark for future use in examining international trade agreement issues from the consumer perspective. Consumer issues such as consumer protection, consumer safety, competition, and pricing practices are reviewed, and the researchers study how current and proposed trade agreements may impact the management of these issues from a government, consumer and stakeholder standpoint. The report shows there is a demonstrated need to ensure that democratic mechanisms are built into trade and investment decisions and that social and environmental dimensions of global economies be integrated so as to not undermine the objectives of global economic and political progress.

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This research received funding support through the Office of Consumer Affairs' Contributions Program.

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