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Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) Database
5 February 2018
The Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) project systematically collects data on various types of preferential trade agreements (PTAs), including customs unions, free trade agreements or partial free trade agreements. As of February 2017, the DESTA team has manually coded design features for more than 620 agreements. These include fine-grained data with information on a large set of design features ranging from market access commitments, flexibility instruments, enforcement tools, to non-trade issues for the time period between 1948 and 2016.