Trade and International Integration

November 8, 2023

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.




Sub-Saharan Africa's participation in global value chains: 1995–2021
Michele Mancini, Aaditya Mattoo, Daria Taglioni, Deborah Winkler
The World Economy, vol. 46, issue 11, November 2023

Resource rents, coercion, and local development: Evidence from post-apartheid South Africa
Paulo Bastos, Nicolas Bottan
World Development vol. 169, September 2023 | Working Paper Version

Transnational Terrorism and the Internet
Quy-Toan Do, Nicolas Gomez-Parra, Bob Rijkers
Journal of Development Economics, vol. 164, September 2023 | Working Paper Verison

Impacts of Temporary Migration on Development in Origin Countries
Laurent Bossavie, Caglar Ozden
World Bank Research Observer, vol. 38, issue 2, August 2023 | Working Paper Version

The Intensive Margin in Trade: How Big and How Important?
Ana M. Fernandes, Peter J. Klenow, Sergii Meleshchuk, Martha Denisse Pierola, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare
American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, vol. 15 (3), July 2023

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    Beyond Trade: How deep trade agreements shape non-trade outcomes

    Vox eBook, June 2023
    Trade agreements increasingly include disciplines aimed at achieving non-trade objectives: promoting FDI, technology transfers, workers’ movements, but also improving labor conditions, environmental quality and achieving other broader social goals. This eBook brings together a group of leading economists to investigate the economic rationale for including nontrade
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    Skilled Migration: A Sign of Europe's Divide or Integration?

    July 2022
    High-skilled migration, whether internal or international, is largely a symptom rather than a cause of the gaps in labor market and educational opportunities, productivity, welfare, and the quality of institutions across the regions. Free movement within the European Union is an incentive for workers and firms to take advantage of these gaps by moving from low- to high-productivity sectors and regions. This report examines the trends, determinants, and impacts of migration of high-skilled workers within the European Union in the past two decades.
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    Robots and Trade: Implications for Developing Countries

    This chapter uses a Ricardian framework to examine the impact on developing countries of robotization in developed countries. The chapter highlights that robot adoption can ultimately benefit workers in developing countries, particularly through lower prices and increased demand for intermediate inputs.
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    Maximizing the Developmental Benefits of GVC Integration While Addressing Emerging Challenges

    September 2021
    How countries engage with GVCs determines how they benefit from them. For an effective and sustainable strategy of GVC participation, governments must identify binding constraints, and design policy and regulatory interventions. This chapter appears in The Routledge Companion to Global Value Chains: Reinterpreting and Reimagining Megatrends in the World Economy.
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    The Economics of Deep Trade Agreements

    June 2021
    While multilateral trade negotiations have stagnated and tensions between major players have surged, bilateral and regional agreements seem to have run away with the trade agenda. Many of these agreements have extended their reach well beyond tariffs, covering policy areas such as environment, intellectual property rights, state-owned enterprises. They aim to achieve integration beyond trade, or “deep” integration. This e-book is the result of a World Bank research project on the economics of deep trade agreements. It covers the determinants and consequences of deep trade agreements and discusses how they may shape world trade in a post-COVID-19 world.
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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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    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
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