Trade and Growth
Achieving economic growth requires countries to reach out to other markets through trade. Yet many developing countries face significant internal and external barriers to trade, and typically have exports that are highly-concentrated in natural resources and low-skill manufacturing products.
IDS research on trade and growth aims to assist developing countries in understanding the impact of trade policy. Our work seeks to understand how to design trade strategies that are more conducive to economic growth and development.
We work on areas including:
- Export diversification – seeking to understand how firms can export a more diverse range of products. Find out more about our work on export diversification.
- Trade preferences – exploring the impact of regional integration and unilateral preferences on developing countries.
- South-South trade – understanding the impact of trade between countries in the global South, and how this can be expanded.
- Regulations, standards and trade – assessing the impact of food safety, plant and animal health and other technical requirements on exports from developing countries.
- Effectiveness of trade-related technical assistance – identifying ways in which the effectiveness of technical assistance, aimed at enhancing the export performance of developing countries, can be improved.
- Food price volatility – exploring how fluctuations in world market food prices are transmitted to local markets in developing countries. Find out more about our work on food price volatility.
- Research Associate
- Research Fellow
- Professorial Fellow
- Research Fellow, Cluster Leader
- Joint Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development
Analysing the Effects from Non Tariff Measures (NTM) in the Global Agri-Food Trade
The project's objective is to collect and analyse new data on non-tariff measures, particularly on governmental standards and regulations that prescribe the conditions for importing agri-food products into the EU market and into the markets of the main competing players. More details
Business Innovation Facility
The Business Innovation Facility (BIF) aims to catalyse market systems change in order to benefit poor producers, consumers and employees More details
China-Africa Development Prospects and Perspectives
The study aimed to generate knowledge on what is the best way that Africa can benefit from China's strong economic engagement with the continent. More details
China-UK Cooperation on African Trade and Investment for Poverty Reduction
This IDS led project aims to evaluate changing trade and investment relations between China, and also the UK, with Kenya and South Africa and the consequences of these changes. More details
Data Systems and Economywide Modeling to Support Policy Analysis in Ethiopia
This project aims to create and strengthen analytical and practical capacity of policy analysis in Ethiopia and to support the government in its endeavours to meet the challenges of the MDGs. More details
Economic Integration and External Shocks: Modeling Outcomes for India
Studying the impact of trade policy changes and other changes in the international economic environment. More details
Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) Review
A general review of the negotiating process and costs of EPAs and their impact on development. More details
Firm Behaviour and the Introduction of New Products: Evidence using a Firm Micro Data Set in Brazil
The objective of this research is to contribute to the understanding of one of the most important processes required for achieving sustained economic growth in emerging and developing countries: the process of product and export diversification. More details
Research on the Poverty Impact of Market and Enabling Business Environment Programmes in Kenya
To what extent does private sector development work in Kenya contribute to a reduction in poverty and inequality? This review aims to assess the evidence base for DFID Kenya’s Wealth Creation Pillar programming. More details
The Impact of the Crisis on Trade Credit
An examination of whether or not exporters in Sub-Saharan Africa are facing a decline in trade credit. More details
The Impact of the Crisis on World Prices and Trade
This project used a global trade model to gauge the impact of a slowdown in economic activity in the OECD on trade performance, world prices and aggregate welfare in the rest of the world. More details
The Level of Sophistication and Technological Content of African Exports. Does Africa Benefit from South-South Trade?
Updating Economic Partnership Agreements to Today's Global Challenges
This project contributed to a critical review of Economic Partnership Agreements. More details
What are the Effects of Free Trade Zones on Employment and Wages?
Systematic review funded by 3ie to look at the existing evidence on what the effects of free trade zones on employment and wages More details
What is the Evidence of the Impact of Tariff Reductions on Employment and Fiscal Revenue in Developing Countries?
The team intends to address the question 'What is the evidence of the impacts of new trade deals on fiscal revenues and job creation in low-income countries? More details
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