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
- Honorary Associate
- Professorial Fellow
- Research Fellow, Cluster Leader
- Joint Research Director, International Centre for Tax and Development
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-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 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
A Study of the Impact of Trade on Employment and Income in Brazil: Research using a Global CGE Model
Asian Growth and Trade Poles: India, China, and East and Southeast AsiaWorld Development 36.2 (2008)
Aid, Growth, and Real Exchange Rate DynamicsWorld Bank Policy Research Working Paper WPS4480 (2008)
International Trade and the Bottom Billion: Designing the Helping HandIDS In Focus 3.11 (2008)
Issue 3.11, part of the latest issue of In Focus, called Concern for the Bottom Billion. More details
India's Trade Policy Choices: Managing Diverse ChallengesCarnegie Endowment for International Peace (2008)
WTO Challenges and Efficiency of Chinese BanksApplied Economics 39.5 (2007)
Are supermarket codes benefiting workers?Food Ethics Magazine 2.1 (2007)
An Empirical Estimation of the Degree of Price Transmission from Border to Consumer Prices in Mozambique
Asian Drivers: Opportunities and ThreatsIDS Bulletin 37.1 (2006)
Not for the first time, real events have caught the research community by surprise. From the late twentieth century Asian economies began to play an increasingly important role as global producers, beginning in Japan after the 1960s, and spreading to some other East Asian economies during the last quarter of the century. More details
New Democratic Trends in China? Reforming the All-China Federation of Trade UnionsIDS Working Paper 263 (2006)
Over the last two decades multi-candidate direct elections for village committees have spread across China, attracting considerable attention both within China and from external observers. More details
Ethical Sourcing in the Global Food System
This book brings together a range of academics and practitioners working on issues of ethical sourcing in the global food system. It critically explores the opportunities and challenges in the ethical sourcing of food by combining analysis and case studies that examine a range of approaches. More details