Regulatory Cooperation: Lessons from the WTO and the World Trade Regime

January 22, 2016

Trade friction today is largely due to regulatory diversity as contemporary markets are chiefly segmented through non-tariff barriers. The purpose of the paper is to enquire into regulatory coopera... READ MORE


Rethinking International Intellectual Property Law

November 27, 2015

The establishment of the WTO Agreement on TRIPS (Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) and the proliferation of plurilateral, bilateral and regional agreements have significantly c... READ MORE


Deep Trade Agreements and Vertical FDI : The Devil Is in the Details

October 1, 2015

Recent data show that the institutional content of preferential trade agreements has evolved over time. Although pre-1990s preferential trade agreements mostly focused on tariff liberalization, rec... READ MORE


Competition Policy within the Context of Free Trade Agreements

September 23, 2015

This think-piece reports the findings of a mapping exercise of the competition-related provisions of 216 free trade agreements (FTAs) included in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Regional... READ MORE


Does a Regional Trade Agreement Lessen or Exacerbate Growth Volatility?

July 1, 2015

This paper assesses how RTAs impact growth volatility on a sample of 170 countries, between 1978-2012. The findings show that the benefits outweigh the costs as RTAs are consistently associated wit... READ MORE


Investor-State Dispute Settlement

January 1, 2015

This report is an empirical review of ISDS, based on the record of disputes under existing investment treaties.



Korea Chair Monitor

April 1, 2014

ROK President Park, U.S. President Obama, and Japan Prime Minister Abe participated in their first trilateral summit at the U.S. embassy in The Hague, Netherlands on March 25 on the sidelines of th... READ MORE


Australia’s Chairing of G20 Provides Opportunity to Reenergize Economic Reform

January 1, 2014

The Brisbane Group of 20 (G20) Leaders Summit in November will provide Australia an opportunity to inject new life into a grouping founded to broaden dialogue on international economic issues.



Why is Columbia not in the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

July 1, 2013

Last month, Vice President Joe Biden met with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos in Bogotá as part of his whirlwind tour of the Americas. During and after the trip, Biden stressed the im... READ MORE


India-Pakistan: Is Trade Key to Everything?

March 1, 2013

Engelken explores the assertion that India and Pakistan must expand their bilateral trade significantly if South Asia is to remain peaceful over the coming 20 years.



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


How Can Trade Policy Help America Compete?

October 1, 2012

This policy brief argues that the United States needs new initiatives that discipline foreign practices, increase access to foreign markets, revitalize the World Trade Organization (WTO), improve 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