Trade research

We conduct research and analysis and provide commentary on global trade issues to contribute constructively to the public debate. We do this in the hope that it will lead to better and more informed decision-making on the part of government, business and civil society.

Our research activities are presented below:

  • Trade Research 1Global Trade Research

    Get timely analysis and commentary on trade topics, including the WTO and global trade system reform, trade agreements, tariffs and quotas, and Sino-US trade. Read More
  • Trade Research 2Foreign Direct Investment Research

    Read our FDI research to learn about the impact of FDI on economic growth in Asia and policy frameworks that are conductive to better FDI. Read More
  • Trade Research 3Sustainable Trade Index

    Are your operations in Asia conducive to sustainable growth? This index, developed with the Economist Intelligence Unit, highlights the readiness of 20 economies to participate in sustainable trade. Read More
  • Trade Research 4Digital Trade Research

    Open digital trade provides growth opportunities for economies in Asia. Understand the impact of digital trade and how it can better support sustainable growth. Read More
  • Trade Research 5Resource Center

    Gain more insight into the latest trade and investment research. Browse our curated library of 3rd party data and reports from reputable sources. Read More
  • Trade Research 6TradeVistas

    Looking for an introduction to global trade? TradeVistas, our online magazine, gives readers a clear and balanced view on trade. It has become a trusted resource for policymakers in Washington D.C. Read More
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Our latest thought leadership articles

  • “Free” Trade and Modern Slavery

    February 12, 2020
    By Andrea Durkin

    Modern day slavery is more common than you might think. Trafficking in humans is the worst form of illicit trade. Wherever the debate comes out on how to use trade agreements and policies to promote human rights, free trade must begin with free.

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  • A Serious Effort to Address Subsidies?

    3 February 2020
    By Stephen Olson

    The Airbus-Boeing dispute is only one example of the need to finally get serious about addressing subsidies. Stephen Olson explores the challenges and the merits of a recent Japan-EU-US effort to limit the damage wrought by subsidies.

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  • Phase One’s Dispute Settlement Mechanism a poor alternative to WTO Appellate Body

    30 January 2020
    By Dr. Weihuan Zhou

    Dr. Weihuan Zhou, senior lecturer at UNSW Law, looks at the longer-term impacts of using bilateral approaches to resolve trade disputes such as in the China-US Phase One deal, and at whether those will be effective and address the issues of the DSM.

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