Klaus Schwab, Sean Doherty, 23 February 2022

Concerns about globalisation have intensified in recent years. A recent survey from the World Economic Forum revealed that while three-quarters of those surveyed thought expanding trade was a good thing, less than half thought globalisation was good for their own country. This column argues that globalisation contributes broadly to prosperity and freedom, but that it must be harnessed in ways that bring improved living standards and justice to all. Faster progress toward these goals demands effective public-private cooperation.  

Ingo Borchert, L Alan Winters, 28 April 2021

An increasing amount of trade is digital, but trade negotiations are bogged down by arguments over how to regulate it. A new CEPR eBook investigates what gets in the way of digital trade, and editors Ingo Borchert and Alan Winters tell Tim Phillips what we can do to make it work better.

You can download the eBook, free of charge, here

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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