Most academic research in economics addresses real world problems and much of it is stimulated by current policy challenges. Yet, very often, the gap between academic analysis and policy needs is wide and the dialogue between scholars and policy makers is difficult. Bridging this gap has been an important objective of my professional agenda, and to achieve it I have developed a series of projects that propose and apply rigorous scholarly methods to answer specific policy questions and to address current economic challenges.
My research has been supported and used for policy decisions by leading international organizations, government agencies and policy institutes including The World Bank, The World Trade Organization, The United Nations, The European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, the United States International Trade Commission, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Department of Industry Canada, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Ifo Institute, the International Growth Center at the London School of Economics, the Center for Corporate Reputation Management at Drexel University, the Public Policy Forum Canada, and the Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University.
In addition, I have devoted significant efforts to make scholarly methods and cutting-edge academic research accessible to policy makers and to applied economists. My book "An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model" (with Larch, Monteiro, and Piermartini), the accompanying Gravity Course, and the method papers on general equilibrium analysis with the PPML estimator (CESifo, 2015) and PPML estimations with high-dimensional fixed effects (CESifo, 2017) are representative outcomes of these efforts.
The objective of this mini course is to serve as a practical guide for trade policy analysis with the gravity model of trade. The course offers a comprehensive and balanced approach between theory and empirics: It describes best practices for estimating the partial equilibrium effects of trade policy within ...Course Materials
This workshop is developed for and was delivered at the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization. The objective of the workshop is to present and discuss alternative methods to calculate and aggregate bilateral trade costs. Specifically, it reviews the latest estimation techniques and calibration methodologies and introduces a novel hybrid procedure to construct "estibrated" bilateral trade costs, which include estimated components but also match the trade flows data perfectly.