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Assessment of the Economic Benefits Generated by the EU Trade Regimes towards Developing Countries

6 July 2015 12:30 pm
6 July 2015 2:30 pm

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Public launch of the study “Assessment of the economic benefits generated by the EU trade regimes towards developing countries”. Commissioner Mimica and DEVCO Director General Fernando Frutuoso De Melo will deliver an opening address and a keynote speech, which will be followed by the presentation of the study by two of the authors: Professor Van Biesebroek, a leading international scholar, together with Dr. Tine Jeppesen from Copenhagen Economics.

The presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion and the contributions from our distinguished speakers:

  • Arancha Gonzalez Laya – Executive Director of the International Trade Centre
  • André Sapir – Professor at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management  and Senior Fellow at the Brussels based think tank, Bruegel
  • Debapriya Bhattacharya – Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) in Dhaka
  • DG TRADE representative (TBC)

The study shows that the EU trade policy has significantly increased not only the exports of developing countries but also their economic diversification. The analysis is based on advanced econometric techniques applied to an extremely large dataset of more than 12 million observations. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time ever that an analysis of this kind has been conducted in the EU context.

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