Program: Trade

South-South Preferential Trade Agreements in Services – Economic Potential Lying Idle

| 4 October 2016
Blog, Trade | Tags: Services Trade, WTO
Imagine the Central African Republic and Cameroon investing in the compatibility and quality of their railway tracks, and eventually merging their railways altogether. The producers in the Central African Republic would get easy access to the sea, while Cameroon’s railway and ports would benefit from ... continue reading

Measuring and Understanding Trade in Service Tasks

, and | 24 May 2016
Discussion Notes, Trade | Tags: Employment, Services Trade
Improvements in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have had differential impacts on the costs of offshoring service tasks. As a result, services with stronger tradability characteristics are at a higher risk of being offshored. This has increased the need for coming up with proper measures ... continue reading

Trade and Employment. An Overview

| 29 February 2016
Discussion Notes, External, Trade | Tags: Employment
The bulk of economic research on the impacts of trade has for a long time neglected aggregate effects on jobs. While research grants an important role of trade for employment, empirical studies often struggle to attribute employment outcomes to trade policies in the long run. ... continue reading

Paris to Nairobi

| 23 December 2015
Blog, Trade | Tags: Climate, India, TPP, TTIP, WTO
Trade negotiations didn’t have the happy ending of COP-21. But they portend major changes for the WTO. This month has witnessed two important events whose outcomes point to different conclusions for the future of multilateral cooperation. While the Paris Agreement belied pessimistic expectations and produced ... continue reading

Employment Effects of Services Trade Reform

25-27 November, 2015
Trade, Workshops | Tags: Employment, Services Trade, TiSA, TTIP
Driven by spectacular technological advances and the emergence and intensification of global value chains (GVCs), trade in services has been the most dynamic part of global trade over recent years. The concurrent rise of services trade provisions in existing and forthcoming trade agreements bears testimony ... continue reading