Beata Javorcik, Ben Kett, Katherine Stapleton, Leyla O'Kane, 20 November 2020

The Brexit referendum created the threat of a trade policy reversal on an unprecedented scale, with the potential ‘unravelling’ of decades’ worth of deep integration between the UK and the world's most integrated trading bloc. This column examines how this affected UK labour demand. It finds that UK regions exposed to the threat of future barriers on professional services exports experienced a substantial decline in the posting of online job adverts after the Brexit vote, relative to less exposed regions. A back-of-the-envelope calculation indicates that this resulted in approximately 1.5 million fewer job adverts posted after the vote than might have occurred otherwise. 

Simon Evenett, Johannes Fritz, 16 June 2015

The Global Crisis resulted in many trade barriers and distortions. This column introduces a new eBook that argues that least developed countries were hard hit by these barriers. Drawing on Global Trade Alert data, it argues that these barriers reduced these nations’ exports by 30% during the period 2009 to 2013 – over a quarter of a trillion US dollars in total.

Kym Anderson, Signe Nelgen, 12 August 2012

The recent upward spike in the international price of food led some countries to raise export barriers. This paper provides new evidence on change in domestic and international food prices, compares it with responses during previous food price spike periods, and suggests stronger WTO regulation on export restrictions.

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