Trade Policy Analysis

Quantitative and detailed trade policy information and analysis are more necessary now than they have ever been.

In recent years, globalization and, more specifically, trade openness have become increasingly contentious. Questions have been asked about whether the gains from trade exceed the costs of trade. Concerns regarding the distributional consequences of trade reforms have also been expressed. It is, therefore, important for policymakers and other trade policy stakeholders to have access to detailed, reliable information and analysis on the effects of trade policies, as this information is needed at different stages of the policymaking process.

In this context, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have collaborated to develop a book series aimed at helping researchers and interested policymakers to learn, or update their knowledge of, quantitative economic methods and data sources for trade policy analysis. Each book, written in collaboration with academics, is predicated upon the conviction that good policy needs to be backed by good analysis.