Christiane Hellmanzik, Martin Schmitz, 01 April 2016

Over the past two decades, the ICT revolution has changed the meaning of distance. But we still do not fully understand the impact of the internet on economic activity such as international transactions. This column shows that virtual distance has an important impact on international investment flows, and more so on portfolio equity than on portfolio debt investment.

Susan Ariel Aaronson, 07 March 2016

Cross-border information flows are the fastest growing component of global trade. But countries have struggled to develop a system of trade rules to govern these flows. This column discusses how governments use trade agreements and policies to address cross-border internet issues and to limit digital protectionism. It also provides recommendations on how to build coherent regulation in the near future.

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