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. I also
have benefitted tremendously from insightful discussions with a
number of colleagues and policy makers from international
organizations, national governments, and think tanks.
My research has been supported and used for policy decisions by leading international organizations, e.g., the Economic Research and Statistics Division (the World Trade Organization, WTO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the European Commission (EC), the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) of the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Arab Monetary Fund (AMF), the Development Research Group (The World Bank), the Trade and Integration Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Division (The World Bank), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), national governments, e.g., the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (German Government), Global Affairs Canada (Government of Canada), the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (Government of Canada), the Department for International Trade (UK Government), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Düsseldorf, Germany), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (UK Government), Industry Canada (Government of Canada), the Deutsche Bundesbank (DBB), the Bank of Spain (BoS), the Bank of England (BoE) , and think tanks and research institutes, e.g., the Center for International Economics (ifo Institute), the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW Kiel), the Bertelsmann Stiftung, Public Policy Forum (PPF) Canada, the Center for Corporate Reputation Management (Drexel University), the International Growth Center (London School of Economics, LSE), and the Centre for Corporate Reputation (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 contributions to the book "An Advanced Guide to Trade Policy Analysis: The Structural Gravity Model", the accompanying Gravity Course, the method papers on general equilibrium analysis with the PPML estimator (CESifo, 2015) and PPML estimations with high-dimensional fixed effects (CESifo, 2017), the Global Sanctions Database, the International Trade and Production Database for Estimation, and the Domestic and International Common Language (DICL) database 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.