Lionel Fontagné, Sébastien Jean, Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 00:00

Jayant Menon, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 00:00

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is taking a long time to conclude. This column argues that the TPP agenda, unlike the Doha round, is more ambitious and controversial. Many see it as skewed in favour of one country – the US. There are fears that even the US may lose interest in the Partnership without the fast-track authority given by the current Congress. The only useful way forward is for countries to take matters in their own hands.

L Alan Winters, Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 00:00

Most economists cheer the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership that the EU is currently negotiating with the US. This column argues it is a pity that TTIP and other mega-regional agreements have emerged. It sees the exclusion of China in particular as an existential threat to the world trading system. It urges policymakers in the EU to focus instead on the world trading system or even consider an agreement with China.

Juan Blyde, Alejandro Graziano, Christian Volpe Martincus, Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 00:00

Joining international production networks has been the successful path to industrialisation taken by some Asian and eastern European countries in the last decades. This column argues economic integration agreements are a major force behind the formation of these international linkages. Using a global dataset of establishments to measure global value chains, it shows that countries with integration agreements have 8% more linked subsidiaries.

Jaime de Melo, Mariana Vijil, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 00:00

The Bali agreement last December has given new hope that the WTO is not dead. The recent announcement that negotiations on the reductions of tariffs on environmental goods are to resume gives hope that the triple-win outcome of the Doha round – for trade, for development and for the environment – might materialise, at least partly. Or does it? This column argues that unless the field of negotiations is widened, the initiative will not help much.

Wolfgang Keller, Carol H Shiue, Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 00:00

Estimating the trade effect of trade agreements is no easy task. Agreements with higher trade returns may be formed before agreements with lower returns, and comparing these naïvely could bias our estimates of the true effects. This column studies the case of the German Zollverein of 1834 to show that it is important to examine the sequence of membership to estimate the effects of trade agreements.

Nadia Rocha, Gianluca Orefice, Friday, November 25, 2011 - 00:00

What is the relationship between deep preferential trade agreements and international production-sharing? This column introduces a new CEPR Policy Insight providing new evidence on the effects of deep integration on production networks trade and on the impact that production networks trade has on the likelihood of signing deeper agreements.

Nadia Rocha, Gianluca Orefice, Friday, November 25, 2011 - 00:00

Do deep preferential trade agreements enhance the development of cross-border production networks? CEPR Policy Insight No. 60 examines new evidence on this relationship and finds that the link runs both ways: deep integration often leads to production-sharing, and the formation of production networks often lays bare the ‘gaps’ in governance and institutions that deep integration can address.

Peter Draper, Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 00:00

Regional integration in Africa is seen as a priority by many of the continent’s policymakers. This column argues against a formal EU-like structure and instead proposes an African model that is responsive to the economic and political reality of the region. It says that the model should be underpinned by a security regime and should prioritise trade and regulatory cooperation.

Richard Baldwin, Friday, February 29, 2008 - 00:00

Trade liberalisation is proceeding everywhere but at the WTO: while nations drag their feet in Geneva, they sign bilateral trade agreements by the dozen. Finishing the ongoing WTO talks is important, but regionalism is the new reality. To maintain its relevance, the WTO must adapt, as regionalism is here to stay.

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