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Trade and International Integration

August 25, 2020

The Trade and International Integration Research Program aims to improve understanding of the role of global economic integration in development and poverty reduction. We are also developing databases and analytic tools to analyze the impact of policy reforms.

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    eSeminar: The Labor Market Impacts of COVID-19

    July 2020
    The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has sparked deep concerns about the effects of the pandemic shock on employment. Panelists discussed new research on how COVID-19 is rapidly changing labor market outcomes around the globe. Panelists: Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University), Edward Glaeser (Harvard University), Bob Rijkers (World Bank), and David Autor (MIT)
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    eSeminar: Labor Mobility, Migration, and COVID-19

    May 2020
    The impact of border closures and lockdowns on labor markets has been swift and severe. Panelists highlighted preliminary results of projects in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone and presented a dynamic labor mobility framework that incorporates an epidemiological model to examine the effectiveness of various suppression mechanisms.
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    The Distributional Effects of International Trade: Facts and Misconceptions

    February 2020
    Has international trade contributed to a growing rift between winners and losers in the global economy? Over the last decade, researchers have developed new empirical and analytical approaches to answer this question. In this talk, Erhan Artuc will lay out the facts, answers, and misconceptions surrounding this growing literature.


Who on Earth Can Work from Home?
Daniel Garrote Sanchez, Nicolas Gomez Parra, Caglar Ozden, Bob Rijkers, Mariana Viollaz, Hernan Winkler
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9347, July 2020

Income Distribution, International Integration and Sustained Poverty Reduction
Pinelopi Koujianou Goldberg, Tristan Reed
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9342, July 2020    

Gender Empowerment, Supply-Chain Linkages and Foreign Direct Investment: Evidence On Bangladesh
Ana Margarida Fernandes, Hiau Looi Kee
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9340, July 2020

The Evolution of Deep Trade Agreements
Aaditya Mattoo, Nadia Rocha, Michele Ruta
World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 9283, June 2020

More Working Papers


Software Adoption, Employment Composition, and the Skill Content of Occupations in Chilean Firms
Rita Almeida, Ana M. Fernandes, Mariana Viollaz
Journal of Development Studies 56 (1): 169-185, 2020 | Working Paper Version

Labor Supply Responses to Health Shocks: Evidence from High-Frequency Labor Market Data from Urban Ghana
Rachel Heath, Ghazala Mansuri, Bob Rijkers
J. Human Resources, Online November 13, 2019 | Working Paper Version

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    World Development Report 2020: Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains

    October 2019
    This report examines whether there is still a path to development through GVCs and trade. It concludes that technological change is at this stage more a boon than a curse. GVCs can continue to boost growth, create better jobs, and reduce poverty provided that developing countries implement deeper reforms to promote GVC participation, industrial countries pursue open, predictable policies, and all countries revive multilateral cooperation.
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    Global Trade Watch 2018: Trade Amid Tensions

    May 2019
    Global trade growth slowed in 2018 amid a weakening of economic growth in China and the Euro Area and rising trade protectionism. The volume of trade grew by 3.8 percent, down from 5.4 percent in 2017, but has shown signs of reviving in the first quarter of 2019.
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    Exports to Jobs: Boosting the Gains from Trade in South Asia

    February 2019
    South Asia’s economy has grown rapidly, and the region has made a significant reduction in poverty. However, jobs for the growing working population remain limited. Policy makers are contending with lingering concerns about jobless growth and poor job quality. This report argues that exports could bring higher wages and better jobs to South Asia.
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    Moving for Prosperity: Global Migration and Labor Markets

    June 2018
    Global labor mobility is a potent tool to end poverty, with migrants tripling their wages or more. Better labor market policies to manage short-run economic tensions can ensure that destination countries and migrants share the benefits of global labor mobility for generations to come.




Daria Taglioni

Research Manager, Trade and International Integration, Development Research Group
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