A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


Materials discussing why, how and whether trade might contribute to poverty alleviation. Subjects include: the theoretical and empirical analysis of the trade-growth-poverty triangle, especially in LDCs, the process of mainstreaming trade into Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs), the means of developing productive capacities such as infrastructure and institutions, the role of domestic as well as foreign demand, analysis of the trade (liberalization)-poverty link depending on the export composition of a country or region.

Subjects include economic and legal aspects of regional and bilateral trade agreements: theoretical foundations of regional trade integration, trends in regional trade flows, shallow and deep integration, the effect of overlapping agreements, examples of North-South (e.g. EPAs) and South-South agreements.

Contains documents and studies which use modelling methods and analytical tools to simulate or evaluate trade policy options. Furthermore, background readings on trade data models and modelling methodologies, as well as sources containing trade data are provided.

Selection of discussion papers, studies, policy briefs, presentations and articles by Virtual Institute members.

Publications, case studies, and training tools about the multilateral trading system. Subjects include: Doha Round negotiations (NAMA, services, agriculture etc.), the impact of previous rounds, the role of Special and Differential Treatment, effect and analysis of non-tariff barriers, dispute settlement mechanisms.

Resources looking at the role played by domestic and foreign investment in fostering economic development, in particular, trends, features and challenges in attracting and managing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) for developing countries, as well as investment policy reviews of a number of countries.

Includes resources presenting and analysing the international financial architecture, its impact, roots, strengths and weaknesses, and inter-institutional interdependencies and cooperations.

Links to online trade-related databases.

Subjects including: the definition and theoretical background of competitiveness at company and national level, quantitative and qualitative approaches to measurement of competitiveness, competitiveness of specific countries and industries, the role of foreign direct investment for competitiveness, and the relationship between competitiveness and development.

Resources on trade and development theories, development paradigms, the historical review and comparison of regional or national development experiences and the concept of policy space.

Subjects include: the definition of trade-related capacity-building, examples of initiatives and programs in the area of long-term and short-term teaching and training, the development of a local research capacity and policy-research linkages in the area of trade and development.