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
Trade Finance in Africa: A Survey of Firms
This chapter provides some evidence about whether export-oriented garment production and high-value export horticulture in Sub-Saharan Africa have experienced problems in obtaining trade finance. More details
The Last Golden Land? Chinese Private Companies Go to AfricaIDS Research Summary of IDS Working Paper 365 (2011)
The widely-held perception of Chinese investment in Africa is that of large state-owned enterprises in search of natural resources. More details
Pruning India's Sensitive Lists under SAFTA: A CommentEconomic & Political Weekly 46.16 (2011)
This article extends the economic rationale to prune India’s sensitive lists under the South Asian FTA as discussed in Taneja et al (2011), supplemented by additional reasons to develop well-functioning global production networks. The framework discussed here can be used for other SAARC nations as well. More details
The Sustainability and Resilience of Global Water and Food Systems: A Political Analysis of the Interplay Between Security, Resource Scarcity, Political Systems and Global TradeFood Policy 36.S1 (2011)
In this paper the example of cocoa production in Ghana is used to explore how the narratives portraying African farmers have changed over the last 70 years. These evolving narratives are explored through the notion of a 'good farmer'. More details
The Impact of Trade Preferences on Export Prices in the European Union – Who Captures the Preference Rent?
What is the Evidence of the Impact of Tariff Reductions on Employment and Fiscal Revenue in Developing Countries?
The goal of DFID's Systematic Review programme is to provide policy makers and practitioners with a robust assessment of the evidence base as they develop policies and programmes. More details
Income Distribution Trends and Future Food DemandBiological Sciences 365.1554 (2010)
This paper surveys the theoretical literature on the relationship between income distribution and food demand, and identifies main gaps of current food modelling techniques that affect the accuracy of food demand projections. More details
Fairtrade Bananas: A Global Assessment of Impact
When the idea of conversion of the conventional banana trade to a more sustainable system under the Fairtrade label was first raised in the Windward Islands in the late 1990s, there was much scepticism about the viability of the idea. More details
Value Chains, Donor Interventions and Poverty Reduction: A Review of Donor PracticeIDS Research Report 63 (2010)
Value chain interventions are increasingly popular amongst donors aiming to promote market-oriented growth and poverty reduction. More details
Exchange Rate Volatility and Exports: New Empirical Evidence from the Emerging East Asian EconomiesThe World Economy 33.2 (2010)
State-Business Relations and Investment in EgyptIDS Research Report 61 (2009)
This study shows that informal relationships between key policymakers and investors have played an important role in raising levels of investment and fostering economic growth. More details
The OECD Recession and Developing Country Trade: A Global Simulation AnalysisIDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
Are Exporters in Africa Facing Reduced Availability of Trade Finance?IDS Bulletin 40.5 (2009)
Multinational Value Chains, Small and Medium Enterprises, and ‘Pro-Poor’ Policies: A Review of Donor PracticeIDS Research Summary of IDS Research Report 63 (2009)
Many donors, governments and private companies now use value chain approaches in their efforts to promote market-oriented growth and poverty reduction. More details