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
Changing the Aid for Trade Debate towards ContentIDS In Focus Policy Briefing 6 (2009)
The Aid for Trade (AfT) debate has mostly focused on how to implement AfT programmes (aid architecture), rather than on what to do and the specific content of these programmes. Exports from developing countries, especially from sub-Saharan Africa, continue to be concentrated in few commodities, and diversification into new exports and markets remains poor. More details
Trade CreditIDS In Focus Policy Briefing 7.8 (2009)
Accessing trade finance is not the most serious problem for established horticulture and garment exporters in sub-Saharan Africa – exchange rate fluctuations and falling demand are more important. More details
Private Standards, Small Farmers and Donor Policy: EUREPGAP in KenyaIDS Research Summary 308 (2009)
An African Success Story: Ghana's Cocoa Marketing SystemIDS Research Summary 318 (2009)
Transnational Corporations and Development Policy: Critical Perspectives
Few issues in development raise as much heat as the impact of transnational corporations (TNCs) on the South. However, the exact nature of the relationship between foreign direct investment and development remains unclear both conceptually and empirically. More details
Reclaiming Feminism: Gender and NeoliberalismIDS Bulletin 39.6 (2008)
The focus of this IDS Bulletin is particularly apposite at a time when much-cherished axioms are being re-inspected and where new possibilities and directions are so badly needed. More details
Revenue Impact Analysis of Angola's Integration into the SADC Free Trade Area
Report for Crown Agents More details
India, Brazil, South Africa and China: Is the South Big Enough?11th Annual Conference on Global Economic Analysis (2008)
Poverty Dynamics During Trade Reform: Evidence from Rural VietnamReview of Income and Wealth 54.2 (2008)
Published by the Review of Income and Wealth, this Journal article implements and adapts the conceptual framework developed by Winters (2002) that identifies the transmission mechanisms between trade policy reform and household welfare outcomes. More details