Richard Baldwin, 29 February 2008

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.

Karolina Ekholm, Karen-Helene Ulltveit-Moe, 30 July 2007

In recent years, the skill premium in the US manufacturing sector is declining and the skill intensity increasing. The authors of CEPR DP6042 argue that this pattern can be linked to globalization and the rise in offshoring.

Janine Aron, John Muellbauer, 26 July 2007

Changes in openness to trade can disrupt the inflation forecasting on which many nations' monetary policies depend. New research suggests an innovative time-series openness measure that addresses some of the shortcomings of existing measures.

Eric Edmonds, Nina Pavcnik, 19 July 2007

Why are children working? Eliminating trade-linked jobs does not change the circumstances that cause children to work. Empirically, children are less likely to work in countries with more international trade.

Guy Michaels, Xiaojia Zhi, 09 July 2007

Estimates suggest that the worsening relations reduced US imports from France by about 5 billion dollars and US exports to France by about 2 billion dollars in 2005 compared to other countries.

Nikolaus Wolf, Max-Stephan Schulze, 07 July 2007

Recent estimates of Habsburg Empire trade suggest that borders matter as long as ethno-linguistic networks matter. The EU needs to find a new deal on language policy, if it is to achieve a truly common market.

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