Towards “trade policy analysis 2.0”: From national comparative advantage to firm-level trade data

Lucian Cernat 08 December 2014

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International trade is present in everyone's life.  Be it the fruits we have at breakfast or the electrical devices we use, our daily routine depends on complex trade flows and production processes scattered across multiple countries that hardly get noticed by the final consumer. Trade flows have evolved over time and are becoming increasingly intricate, with countless parts and components crossing multiple borders at different stages of production along global supply chains, before reaching the final consumer. 

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Topics:  Frontiers of economic research International trade

Tags:  trade policy, firm-level data, containers

Firm-level data: Who said that they are too difficult to use for policy?

Filippo di Mauro 11 March 2014

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Conceptual underpinnings

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Topics:  Industrial organisation

Tags:  firm productivity, firm-level data, CompNet

How to get Arab firms exporting

Jamal Ibrahim Haidar 18 February 2012

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Exports are important for economic growth and employment (see, for example, Mayer et al. 2011, Baldwin and Harrigan 2011, Eckel and Neary 2010, and Baldwin and Gu 2009). However, countries do not do trade; it is firms that export and import (Eaton et al 2011, Bernard et al 2011). This basic truth makes it obvious that understanding the firm-level facts is essential to good policymaking in Arab countries. Why exports from some countries grow faster than those from others is one of the most important questions in trade and development economics.

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Topics:  Development International trade

Tags:  exports, firm-level data, Jordan

International trade in services: A portrait of importers and exporters

Holger Breinlich, Chiara Criscuolo 02 July 2010

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Trade in services has been the fastest growing component of international trade since the early 1990s, with average annual growth rates of close to 10% and a total cross-border export value of $2,800 billion in 2006 (WTO 2008). Over the same period, the composition of services trade has shifted dramatically in favour of high-skill intensive categories such as business services, provoking heated debate about the consequences of services offshoring.

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Topics:  International trade

Tags:  UK, trade in services, firm-level data

Institutions matter for growth – but which ones and how much?

Wendy Carlin, Mark Schaffer, Paul Seabright 17 February 2010

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Most economists today would agree that “institutions matter” for economic growth. This marks a significant shift from twenty years ago and the “Washington Consensus”. Back then, the thinking was that growth required mainly sound policies: macroeconomic stabilisation, trade liberalisation, and privatisation. But since then attempts to quantify the impact of institutions have actually been too successful to be credible.

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Topics:  Development Institutions and economics

Tags:  growth, institutions, firm-level data

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