Consulting and Advising | International Trade & Trade Policy

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.


Consulting Projects and Funded Research

"International Trade Frictions: Measurement, Aggregation, and Decomposition", 2017-2018
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Peter Egger, Mario Larch, and Sergey Nigai
Supported by: The World Trade Organization.

"Trade Liberalization, Growth, and FDI in the Asia-Pacific Region in an Era of Globalization", 2017
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Mario Larch
Supported by: The United Nations, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

"Quantifying the Impact and Effectiveness of International Embargoes", 2017
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Costas Syropoulos
Supported by: The Ifo Center for International Economics.

"Quantifying the Dynamic Gains from Trade: A Structural Approach", 2016-2017
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James Anderson and Mario Larch
Supported by: The United States International Trade Commission.

"On the impact of the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea", 2016-2017
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Mario Larch
Supported by: The European Commission (through Ifo Institute).

"Trade Liberalization and Labor Market Outcomes: A General Equilibrium Gravity Approach", 2015-2016
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Scott Baier
Supported by: The United States International Trade Commission.

"Trade Policy Analysis with the Structural Gravity Model", 2015-2016
Supported by: The World Trade Organization.

"On the Effects of Trade and Investment Agreements on FDI", 2015-2016
Co-Principal Investigator(s):James E. Anderson and Mario Larch
Supported by: Global Affairs Canada, Government Canada.

"Developing a Dynamic Gravity Model of Foreign Direct Investment", 2014-2015
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James E. Anderson and Mario Larch
Supported by: Global Affairs Canada, Government Canada.

"Costs and Internal Barriers to Trade in Canada", April 2013-September 2013
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Delina Agnosteva and James E. Anderson
Supported by: The Public Policy Forum (PPF) Canada.

"Country Reputation and International Trade", 2012-2013
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Boryana Dimitrova and Daniel Korschun
Co-supported by: Center for Corporate Reputation Management at Drexel University,
                             Centre for Corporate Reputation at Oxford University.

"Accounting for Canadian Trade Performance: Real Exchange Rate Effects", 2011-2012
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James E. Anderson
Supported by: The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.

"Modeling Services Trade and Services Trade Costs", 2011-2012
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James E. Anderson
Supported by: The World Bank.

"Service Trade Costs in Canada", 2010
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James E. Anderson
Supported by: The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.

"Agricultural Policy, Gravity and Welfare", 2010
Co-Principal Investigator(s): Paul Jensen
Supported by: International Growth Center at London School of Economics.

"Sectoral and Enterprise Size Impacts of Post-9/11 Trading Environment on Canadian Exports to the United States"
Supported by: The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada.

"Internal Trade Costs in Canada", 2007-2008
Co-Principal Investigator(s): James E. Anderson
Supported by: The Department of Industry Canada.


Training Modules

Trade Policy Analysis with Structural Gravity

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

Calculating Bilateral Trade Costs

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.