Trade and Economic Integration


Here are the research projects dealing with issues of Trade and Economic Integration. You will also find the list of recent publications related to this cluster.

Convergence versus Divergence? Text-as-Data and Network Analysis of International Economic Law Treaties and Tribunals

Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by SNSF. November 2015–October 2018.
This project makes a novel contribution by providing big data solutions to big data problems. It employs state-of-the-art text as data analytics and network analysis tools to investigate patterns of convergence and divergence in two areas of international economic law examining trade and investment: (1) the universe of free trade and investment protection agreements and (2) the network of investment awards and trade panel/Appellate Body reports. It will help policy-makers and negotiators, in particular in developing countries, to better understand the current structures of international economic law and to help evaluate its need for reform.
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Financial Globalization and Real Reallocation in the Market for Corporate Control

Associate Professor Rahul Mukherjee, with Christian Proebsting (EPFL), funded by SNSF. June 2017–May 2020.
This  project aims to get a precise quantification of the welfare effects of globalisation by analysing the interaction of two key elements – technology and financing – in the market for domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
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Global Value Chains and Firm Performance in Developing Countries

Professor Richard Baldwin with Dr Theresa Carpenter, funded by SNSF. September 2015–August 2019.
The flows of goods, people, ideas, investment, training and knowhow that used to happen in developed-nation factories are now part of international commerce. Instead of building full domestic supply chains before becoming internationally competitive, Global Value Chains (GVCs) allow nations to join existing supply chains. This project will investigate the impact of GVC participation on company performance, and how ICT usage affects participation.
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The GVC Revolution: Trade, Investment and Services

Professor Richard Baldwin, funded by SNSF. March 2016–August 2019.
The “Global Value Chain (GVC) Revolution” transformed trade and development since the late 1980s by internationalising production across North-South borders. This project gathers four sub-projects that empirically investigate distinct aspects of this transformation with the goal of better understanding the overall phenomenon and its implications for trade and development.
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Legal Innovation to Empower Development: Designing and Building an Online “TradeLab” in Qatar

Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by the Qatar National Research Fund. Partners: Georgetown Qatar, Qatar University, Stanford University, Georgetown Law. March 2016–February 2019.
The Trade and Investment Law Broker (TradeLab) project aims at empowering smaller countries and smaller stakeholders, including SMEs and civil society, to reap the full development benefits of global trade and investment rules. The project combines academic research with innovations in internet technologies and legal education.
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Migration and Labor Market Inequality: The Role of Skills, Gender and Trade

Associate Professor Martina Viarengo and Professor Tobias Müller, funded by SNSF. October 2018–May 2022.
This project of the National Center of Competence in Research (NCCR) for migration and mobility studies aims to examine the relationship between inequality and migration by focusing on the factors that determine labor market inequalities, both on the demand and supply side.
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Trade and the Environment

Professor James Hollway and Professor Joost Pauwelyn, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC, Canada), the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Centre d’études pluridisciplinaires en commerce et investissement internationaux (CEPCI, Canada). Partner: Université Laval (Professor Jean-Frédéric Morin). 2016–2019.
This project aims to explore the emergence, diffusion, implementation and impact of environmental provisions in trade agreements and trade provisions in environmental agreements.
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