International trade and investment are essential contributors to growth, development and economic well-being. New OECD research indicates that further trade opening – via reduction of tariffs and non-tariff barriers – can stimulate job creation for both skilled and unskilled workers, bringing worldwide economic benefits.

A sustainable approach to such market opening requires policies that help workers and communities adjust to the more competitive environment that will result. Assessment of specific policy options is challenging due to the complex relationship between trade and employment. In some cases, gaps remain in the literature. Even where the relationship is clear, perspectives on appropriate policy responses may vary.

The International Collaborative Initiative on Trade and Employment (ICITE) aims to help expand the knowledge base on these issues, including consideration of policy implications. In addition to a new wave of empirical analysis, the initiative will create an inventory of data resources, promote dialogue among stakeholders, and provide information resources for policy-makers and the public.



Project details

Launched and co-ordinated by the OECD, ICITE aims to: i) seek a better understanding of how trade interacts with employment, ii) promote dialogue on these issues, and iii) develop policy-relevant conclusions. An inter-organisation steering group is guiding the implementation of the project.

ICITE will produce results through three main strands of communication:



Participating organisations

ICITE is a joint undertaking of 10 international organisations:


  Asian Development Bank (ADB)  

  Organization of American States (OAS)

  African Development Bank (AfDB)  

  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

  United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)  

  United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

  Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)  

  World Bank

  International Labour Organization (ILO)  

  World Trade Organization (WTO)




For further information on ICITE, please contact the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate.


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