International Trade and Regional Economics Research Projects

Research projects in the International Trade and Regional Economics Programme include:

Global Trade Alert

In June 2009 CEPR launched a major new international project, Global Trade Alert (GTA), led by Simon Evenett, Co-Director of the ITRE Programme. GTA provides real-time information on state measures taken during the current global downturn that are likely to affect foreign commerce. It goes beyond other monitoring initiatives by identifying the trading partners likely to be harmed by these measures.

Dispute Settlement in Trade: Training in Law and Economics

The ITRE Programme Area currently participates in one Marie Curie Initial training network (ITN): Dispute Settlement in Trade: Training in Law and Economics (DISSETTLE). The network's main objective is to train a new cohort of economic and legal experts to work together on areas of dispute resolution under the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and bilateral and regional trade agreement regimes.

Impact Quantification of global changes

A team of CEPR researchers participates in the collaborative project "Impact Quantification of global changes" (Global-IQ), which runs from 2011 to 2015

Export engagement among UK SMEs

ITRE Research Affiliates Holger BreinlichGiordano Mion and Dennis Novy are carrying out a study on "Gaining further understanding of the factors which influence export engagement among UK SMEs", funded by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). It examines the factors which influence export engagement among UK SMEs, in particular why many SMEs with the right productivity and innovation characteristics are still not exporting, or are not exploiting overseas markets to the extent which would enable them to optimise their growth potential. The analysis is bases on the 2010 and 2012 waves of the BIS Small Business Survey.

The Impact on the UK of an EU-US trade initiative 

ITRE Research Fellow Joseph Francois carried out a study "Estimating the Economic Impact on the UK of a potential deep and comprehensive trade initiative between the European Union and the United States", funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). The  study employed a CGE model to assess quantitatively the likely impact of a trade and investment agreement between the EU and the US on the UK economy. This requires modeling of both tariff and non-tariff measures. The study built on an ongoing study for DG Trade of the impact of such an agreement on the EU as a whole.

Extensive and intensive Margins of Growth in the Value of UK Exports

ITRE Research Affiliate Giordano Mion and Mirabelle Muûls carried out an "Investigation into the extensive and intensive margins of growth in the value of UK exports and the role of SME exporters", funded by the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills. The study develops a research design inspired by recent methodologies used in the field of applied international trade, to analyse the contribution of the extensive and intensive margins to the value and growth of UK exports, both across all destination markets as well as with respect to some specific markets. It also uses the trade growth model developed by Behrens, Corcos, and Mion to predict future UK exports growth. 

Steps in the value chain that really add value

ITRE researchers Richard Baldwin, Simon Evenett and Giordano Mion carried out a study for BIS entitled "How can the UK focus on steps in the value chain that really add value?" They identified useful lessons and recommendations on how the UK can focus on steps in the value chain that actually add value.