Research Articles

The Political Economy of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Origins, Evolution, and Implications

The Berkeley APEC Study Center hosted a conference on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)—a trade agreement currently being negotiated between the United States and the European Union. Scholars from Asia, Europe and the United States were invited to present papers and participate in discussions on the likely evolution of the TTIP in the […]

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Do WTO rules preclude industrial policy? Evidence from the global economic crisis

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| Simon Evenett|

Business and Politics, 2014
As we argue in this introductory essay, and as the studies in this Issue show, assertions of the WTO’s strength do not reflect the incomplete and contested nature of its accords and the imperatives of policymaking in an era when many governments simultaneously intervene in national economies.

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Trade Institutions in Asia

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| Min Gyo Koo|

Oxford University Press, 2014
This chapter focuses on how we can account for variations in the formality of trade institutional outcomes.

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Mega-FTAs and the Global Political Economy

Scholars from the U.S., Asia, and Europe explore the dynamics of Mega-FTAs (Free Trade Agreements), with a primary focus on the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) and Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Since 1995 we have witnessed a rapid rise in the negotiation of bilateral Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), both by major powers such as the US, […]

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The ASEAN Economic Community 2015: Implications for Supply Chain Management

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Supply Chain Asia, 2013
The lack of rapid progress in efforts to create a full-fledged AEC should not come as a surprise.

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U.S. Free Trade Agreements and Linkages

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

International Negotiation, 2013
This article examines the driving factors that account for patterns of linkages to broader economic, labor, environmental, and security issues in U.S. Free Trade Agreements (FTAs).

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The Return of Industrial Policy: A Constructive Role for the WTO

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Building on Bali: A Work Programme for the WTO, CEPR, 2013
Rather than debate the pros and cons of industrial policy, the primary
goal of this chapter is to examine the implications of its return for the future work
programme of the WTO.

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Industrial Policy in the Financial Crisis Era

Industrial policy is not new, but it seems to have enjoyed a revival in policymaking circles. While plenty of attention has been given to currency manipulation—whether it be currency pegs or competitive devaluations and so-called currency wars—much less attention has been given to industrial policymaking in recent years. In this project a sectoral cut on […]

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Trade Linkages to Traditional and Non-Traditional Security: Lessons and Prospects

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe and the United States, New York: Springer, 2012
This chapter’s goal is to extract lessons from the empirical analysis of linkages across the broad spectrum of trade arrangements ranging from the WTO to bilateral FTAs.

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Industrial Policy Choice During the Crisis Era

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director| Simon Evenett|

Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 2012
Using an extensive database of non-macroeconomic state interventions implemented since the global economic crisis began, this paper provides quantitative evidence on the resort to selectivity by several major economic powers.

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The Trade Security Nexus in the Asia Pacific

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe and the United States, New York: Springer, 2012
Over time, as new forms of trade policy have come into being and the international security environment has evolved, the nexus of these two spheres has grown more complex and scholars have struggled to understand their interconnection.

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Linking Traditional and Non-Traditional Security in Bilateral Free Trade Agreements: The US Approach

|By Vinod Aggarwal – Director|

Linking Trade and Security: Evolving Institutions and Strategies in Asia, Europe and the United States, New York: Springer, 2012
This chapter focuses specifically on US efforts to link both traditional and non-traditional security issues to trade in their negotiation of bilateral free trade agreements.

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