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World Bank Trade Agreement Database

Written by on December 21, 2020

Deep trade agreements are reciprocal agreements between countries that cover not only trade, but also other policies, such as international investment and labour flows, as well as the protection of intellectual property rights and the environment. Although these agreements are still referred to as trade agreements, their objective is integration beyond trade or deep integration. This database provides detailed information on the content of a subsample of 18 policy areas that are most often addressed in a series of 283 agreements currently notified to the WTO between 1958 and 2017. For each agreement, the database includes the above-mentioned substantive objectives and obligations, as well as aspects of transparency, procedures and implementation. This database represents the most important efforts in terms of policy coverage and information granularity in each area. This database is the result of collaboration with experts from different fields of action from the scientific community and other international organizations such as the OECD, UNCTAD and the WTO. This project provides data and analysis on the content of trade agreements. Preferential trade agreements have always been a feature of the global trading system, but they have grown in importance in recent years. The number of PTAs has increased from 50 in the early 1990s to about 300 in 2019.

All WTO members currently participate in at least one and often several PTAs. The PTAs have broadened their scope. While the average ATP covered 8 policy areas in the 1950s, they averaged 17 in recent years. You can browse each agreement, subset of agreements or database in one of the more than 70 availability domains listed, z.B.: To search for all agreements with the ANY text in a particular provision (for example. B to find all agreements containing text in the “National Security Exceptions” provision), choose the provision from the list and let it empty the “Search” text. 1. Database for Deep Trade Agreements 1.0 (horizontal depth) This dataset covers 52 policy areas selected from 279 WTO-notified ERPs signed between 1958 and 2015. It also contains information on the legal applicability of different policy areas. This dataset covers the large margin of content of substantive trade agreements.


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