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The rules of the game

Lannerberth, Christian (2008)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The aim of this master thesis is to investigate if WTO members' shifting behaviour in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism may be explained using a game theoretic approach.

To do this, the author uses a three step process: First, a thorough quantitative analysis of how the DSM works and how the members behave in it is carried out. Second, with the result from the first part in mind, a game theoretic model pointing out different possible strategies that may be pursued in the DSM is constructed. And third, the implications of the model are compared with the findings in the first part in order to evaluate whether the model could be used to explain the members? different behaviour in the DSM or not.

The main result is that many aspects of the... (More)
The aim of this master thesis is to investigate if WTO members' shifting behaviour in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism may be explained using a game theoretic approach.

To do this, the author uses a three step process: First, a thorough quantitative analysis of how the DSM works and how the members behave in it is carried out. Second, with the result from the first part in mind, a game theoretic model pointing out different possible strategies that may be pursued in the DSM is constructed. And third, the implications of the model are compared with the findings in the first part in order to evaluate whether the model could be used to explain the members? different behaviour in the DSM or not.

The main result is that many aspects of the member states? strategies could be explained whit the constructed model but as a few commonly used strategies seem completely irrational from the model's perspective it is far from a perfect explanation. (Less)
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author
Lannerberth, Christian
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Dispute Settlement Mechanisim, game theory, quantitative method, trade disputes, WTO, Political and administrative sciences, Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap
language
English
id
1317125
date added to LUP
2008-06-16
date last changed
2008-06-16
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  abstract     = {The aim of this master thesis is to investigate if WTO members' shifting behaviour in the Dispute Settlement Mechanism may be explained using a game theoretic approach.

To do this, the author uses a three step process: First, a thorough quantitative analysis of how the DSM works and how the members behave in it is carried out. Second, with the result from the first part in mind, a game theoretic model pointing out different possible strategies that may be pursued in the DSM is constructed. And third, the implications of the model are compared with the findings in the first part in order to evaluate whether the model could be used to explain the members? different behaviour in the DSM or not.

The main result is that many aspects of the member states? strategies could be explained whit the constructed model but as a few commonly used strategies seem completely irrational from the model's perspective it is far from a perfect explanation.},
  author       = {Lannerberth, Christian},
  keyword      = {Dispute Settlement Mechanisim,game theory,quantitative method,trade disputes,WTO,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The rules of the game},
  year         = {2008},
}