International trade---considered by some a closed chapter in economic theory---continues to inspire research, particularly in the so-called ``new'' trade theory of modelling trade with imperfect competition, and new ``new'' trade theory of micro-level firms with heterogeneous productivity, as well as the perennial problems of strategic trade policy and political economy in trade. The study of the influence of trade costs on different models has also, in recent times, garnered considerable attention.
- International Economics & Trade
This World Bank resource links up to the many pages of the bank that deals with international trade issues, especially pertaining to development.
- Global Trade Negotiations
Based at the Center for International Development at Harvard, this site contains news articles, working papers and links to various trade-related resources, such as NGO sites and government positions on trade policy.
- Computational Modelling of International Trade
Lists a range of links for data and models for use in modelling international trade. Pretty high-powered stuff, but indispensible for the academic working on modelling modern international trade policy.
- European Trade Study Group
The ETSG is a "forum for academic discussion and research on international trade among European universities and research institutes". Site also contains conference papers for previous ETSG meetings.
- Academic Consortium on International Trade
The ACIT is a group of economists and lawyers that specialize in international economic policy and international trade law. The site collects op-eds and policy papers by group members, and links to many useful articles by non-group members, grouped in terms of pro-, neutral, and anti-free trade views.
- Empirical Investigations in International Trade
Maintained by Jon Haveman at the Public Policy Institute of California, this site provides research resources for those working in the area of micro-level trade data. Resources include industry concordances, links to trade data, and conference information.
- WTO Watch
WTO Watch is an information centre on the World Trade Organization, linking most key documents, commentaries, and research in a large library. There is even an events calendar, as well as links to other relevant sites.
- Rushford Report
Greg Rushford's newsletter examines in detail the politics of international trade and finance, involving a combination of investigative reporting and economic analysis. The site links to articles Rushford has written for the press and periodicals, as well as archived copies of the newsletter (available with a lag).
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
The IATP cranks out credible research on agriculture, the environment, community economic development and trade policy, among other activities. Treats cutting-edge issues such as biotechnology, food security, and sustainable agriculture.
- European Commission Directorate General on Trade
DG Trade is set up by the European Commission and discussed a very wide range of trade-related issues, many from a public policy/administration perspective. The site covers many trade issues of contemporary interest.
- The Trade Zone
The Global Trade Center is one of the most comprehensive information sources on International Trade on the Internet. Mainly for a business audience, the site contains links to trade resources, references, and statistics, inter alia.
- Eldis Trade Policy Resource Guide
The Eldis site encompasses a range of research themes, many which are at the forefront of the research agenda - such as trade and the environment, regional trading agreements, and FDI and trade policy. Maintained by Peter Ferguson at the University of Sussex.
- WTO Distance Learning
This is the gateway site for interactive training modules provided by the WTO, based on course materials developed by WTO experts. The content tends to focus on the more technical aspects of WTO agreements. The resources are free, but, at the moment, still somewhat limited.
- Trade Related Issues
Part of a more comprehensive Global Issues site, this site presents many well-written essays on trade-related issues such as free trade, the debt crisis, and fair trade. Great as introductions to topics, and term-paper research.
Maintained by the multilateral investment guarantee agency (part of the World Bank group), this site is a portal that offers on-demand country analysis and information related to foreign direct investment, drawn from a database of 175 countries. Search by sector and/or region for updated reports from a variety of sources.
- Free Trade Area of the Americas
The FTAA was initiated in 1994 to bring about free trade in the Western hemisphere. Other major regional blocs that possess primarily a trade focus include the:
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