What incentives do our partners have to open their markets to our businesses when their own businesses have full access to ours? EU commissioners Karel De Gucht and Michel Barnier give the example of the European Union's new public procurement instrument.
International trade produces income gains, but increased trade exposure also creates some challenges that require complementary policies to maximise the benefits of trade. This paper looks at how Australia has dealt with these issues in recent years.
Exchange rate volatility impacts trade flows in small, open economies more than for larger economies, according to this study of trade in the agricultural and the manufacturing and mining sectors of Chile and New Zealand.
Boosting trade is one of the surest drivers of sustainable growth, explains Ian Wood, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom to the OECD, in this OECD Insights blog post.
The signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a source of debate in United States politics, particularly regarding possible labour market effects. This paper gives an overview and assessment of the debate and US employment policy responses.
Companies are increasingly producing goods and services through supply chains spanning different countries.
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The OECD Technical Workshop on the Economics of Regulation brought together experts to discuss how developments in the economics of regulation could inform the construction of the STRI in network industries and sectors involving two-sided platforms. This report provides the meeting highlights.
Market thinness, where there are few buying or selling offers, can contribute to price volatility. Contrary to general assumptions, agricultural commodity markets have not become 'thinner', according to this study of trade in selected commodities from 1970 to 2010.
This policy guidance outlines a number of steps to be considered when building capacity for greening national development planning, national budgetary processes and key economic sector strategies. It identifies the key actors to be engaged in the decision making processes, outlines possible capacity needs and suggests how these can be addressed. This policy guidance is intended to support developing countries in their efforts to move to a greener development path. It is also intended to assist development co-operation and environment agencies in their efforts to support that process.
Innovation is critical to creating new sources of growth, and trade can strengthen innovation in the business sector. Technology diffusion, competition and exports are channels through which trade affects innovation. These channels along with the related policy issues are discussed in this report.