International Investment Obligations and Industrial Policy: Evolution in Treaty Practice

September 26, 2018

As industrial policies become more widespread and controversial, the relationship between international investment agreements (IIAs) and industrial policy measures has taken on particular importanc... READ MORE


The WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism: A Trade Court for the World

May 1, 2018

This paper examines the reasons behind the underutilisation of dispute settlement mechanisms in regional trade agreements (RTAs). It suggests that countries could use the World Trade Organization d... READ MORE


Reforming Dispute Settlement in Trade: The Contribution of Mega-Regionals

April 26, 2018

Dispute settlement rules and procedures are an important component of so-called mega-regional trade agreements. Reacting to recurrent criticism of the legitimacy of dispute settlement in internatio... READ MORE


Regional Trade Agreement Dispute Settlement Mechanisms: Modes, Challenges and Options for Effective Dispute Resolution

April 19, 2018

The importance of regional trade agreements (RTAs) and their dispute settlement mechanisms (DSMs) will likely continue to grow considering the dynamics of the multilateral trade negotiations and th... READ MORE


Trade and Integration Monitor 2017: Beyond the Recovery, Competing for Market Share in the Digital Era

November 15, 2017

The value of exports from Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) started to recover in 2016, and increased a notable 13.2% year-on-year in the first half of 2017. The regional recovery, however, was... READ MORE


2017 Latin American and Caribbean Macroeconomic Report: Routes to Growth in a New Trade World

April 4, 2017

The 2017 Macroreport considers recent developments in the global economy and how they may affect Latin America and the Caribbean. It reviews how countries are adapting to external conditions and ho... READ MORE


Out of the Border Labyrinth

December 13, 2016

Out of the Border Labyrinth: An Assessment of Trade Facilitation Initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean sheds entirely new light on the trade effects of trade facilitation measures... READ MORE


Trade and Integration Monitor 2016: Downshifting: Latin America and the Caribbean in the New Normal of Global Trade

November 17, 2016

The Trade and Integration Monitor 2016 analyzes the different aspects of a downshifting in world trade and its effects on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This is the most recent edition of a... READ MORE


Pacific Alliance Moving Towards Its Consolidation

July 1, 2015

This piece provides an update on the latest Presidential Summit of the Pacific Alliance and the commitments made by member Presidents to deepen integration and improve cooperation.



Korea and Latin America and the Caribbean: Striving for a Diverse and Dynamic Relationship

March 1, 2015

For Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Asia has gone from an afterthought to a centerpiece of economic relations over the last decade. Seemingly out of nowhere, fast-growing Asian economies bec... READ MORE


Going Global: Promoting the Internationalization of SMEs in Latin America and the Caribbean

March 1, 2014

This report offers practical recommendations for policymakers, companies, and practitioners on how to reduce each one of these barriers. It also presents three areas that can be leveraged to intern... READ MORE


Synchronized Factories: Latin America and the Caribbean in the Era of Global Value Chains

January 1, 2014

The internationalization of production processes – the so-called global value chain (GVC) revolution – has opened a new pathway to industrial development. Nations initially join GVCs to... READ MORE


Mapping Crisis-Era Protectionism in Latin America and the Caribbean

October 1, 2013

The resort to discrimination in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region against foreign commercial interests is documented in this paper and compared to aggregate statistics for worldwide pol... READ MORE


Too Far to Export

October 1, 2013

This study assesses the role of domestic transport costs ("factory-to-port") in shaping the level and diversification of countries' overall and subnational exports. The subnational di... READ MORE


Services Regulation in the Caribbean: Summary Report

April 1, 2013

This report assesses the regulatory framework for trade and investment in five areas - horizontal measures, information and communications technologies, transport services, professional services, a... READ MORE


Why Don't All Exporters Benefit from Trade Agreements? Estimating Utilization Costs

November 1, 2012

This paper models FTA-utilization costs and estimates the evolution utilization costs for the FTA between the US and Chile. The model identifies costs by exploiting the indifference condition for t... READ MORE


Gatekeepers of Global Commerce: Rules of Origin and International Economic Integration

January 1, 2008

Rules of origin are a crucial market access instrument in the rapidly proliferating network of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) around the world. In this volume, Estevadeordal and Suominen reve... READ MORE


Unclogging the Arteries: The Impact of Transport Costs on Latin American and Caribbean Trade

January 1, 2008

The book explores the impact of transport costs on trade in Latin America and the Caribbean, and argues that transport costs have assumed an unprecedented strategic importance to the region. The re... READ MORE


Regional Public Goods: From Theory to Practice

January 1, 2003

This book is based on a conference entitled "Regional Public Goods and Regional Development Assistance", held in Washington, D.C. on November 6-7, 2002. It examines how the IDB and the AD... READ MORE


Beyond Borders: The New Regionalism in Latin America

October 1, 2002

Regional integration initiatives have long been part of the world economic landscape. In Latin America, integration flourished in the early post-war era but then lost momentum until the 1990s, when... READ MORE