Program: Trade

Growth Escalators and Growth Convergence

| 5 September 2014
Blog, Trade | Tags: Development, Services Trade
This article was first published on VoxEU.org and is republished with permission. The literature on global growth convergence and divergence is vast and deep. And it is still evolving. Some have argued that global growth is actually diverging across countries. Pritchett (1977) called this “divergence, ... continue reading

TTIP and Jobs: Does the Emperor Have Clothes?

| 21 August 2014
Blog, Trade | Tags: Employment, Services Trade, TTIP
With negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in full swing, policymakers across the Atlantic are reiterating calls for more support of an agreement.  In the wake of increasing public criticism of the plans for a deal, notably in Europe, policymakers are under ... continue reading

At Whose Service? Employment Effects of Services Trade Reform in the MENA Region and Sub-Saharan Africa

2 October 2014
Trade, Workshops | Tags: Employment, Services Trade
Trade in services is the new frontier in international trade theory and practice. Modern trade agreements go beyond the removal of traditional barriers to goods trade, such as tariffs, and increasingly deal with issues previously thought to be of strictly domestic concern, notably in the ... continue reading

Bali Boost: WTO Lives, Snatched for Now From Jaws of Defeat

| 23 December 2013
Blog, Trade | Tags: WTO
It would be churlish not to congratulate the WTO and especially Roberto Azevêdo, its dynamic director-general, for successfully passing a “Bali package” at the Indonesian resort well past the 11th hour on 7 December. The WTO Doha Round, launched in the Qatari capital in 2001, ... continue reading

Africa could become the world’s next powerhouse

| 26 September 2013
Blog, Fiscal, Trade | Tags: Commodities, Taxes
“A winning Africa!” “Thousands of Portuguese workers emigrate to the former colony of Angola in search of work.” Headlines such as these are a perfect illustration of the Afro-optimism that has gripped the media these last few years. In an Africa courted by foreign investors, ... continue reading