Filip Tarlea, 07 April 2018

Preferential trade agreements don’t happen overnight – they require lengthy negotiations. This column examines the effect the process of negotiating an agreement has on trade between the negotiating parties. The results suggest that during prolonged negotiations, the expectation of the agreement, or uncertainty before the signing of the agreement, undermine bilateral trade growth.

John Weekes, 23 November 2011

Next month the World Trade Organisation holds its eighth ministerial conference. This column by a veteran of trade negotiations sets the scene – documenting the WTO’s achievements and the challenges ahead.

Patrick Messerlin, Erik van der Marel, 31 July 2009

Opening protected services markets would deliver large benefits to consumers – business, communication, and distribution services in the EC, US, and eight other economies represent almost one-third of world GDP. This column suggests the US and EC should launch transatlantic negotiations in services that would trigger plurilateral negotiations.

Kym Anderson, L Alan Winters, 21 April 2008

Current prospects for liberalisation of barriers to international trade and migration seem dim. In this column, the authors of the Copenhagen Consensus paper on global economic integration outline the magnitude of the gains that politicians are opposing.

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