Research & Consulting

The Institute for International Trade has more than 15 years’ experience conducting trade-related research in both academic and applied settings.

    Trade exports

    We aim to promote the development of an open, rules-based international trading system through:

    • the widening of participation in the global economy,
    • improvements in the practice of international trade policy and,
    • support of development cooperation projects that seek to address regulatory and capacity constraints at national and regional levels.

    Research focus

    Our research spans the Asia Pacific, Central Asia, South East Asia, Europe, Africa and Latin America with a particular focus on developing economies and covers:

    • welfare effects in international trade and development;
    • evaluation of the effectiveness of global and preferential trade agreements with a view of global supply and value chains;
    • impact analyses of WTO accession, services trade and FDI policy, domestic industry capacity, and regional integration through multilateral trade agreements;
    • trade and development issues, including identification of binding constraints;
    • comparative regional trade policy;
    • analysis of services trade restrictiveness indicators (OECD STRI) and trade statistics, including trade in value-added data; and
    • simulation and modelling of open economies (GTAP, gravity model, input-output analysis).

    Example of consulting work: Non-tariff measures study

    The Institute for International Trade finalised a significant study on the impact of Non-tariff Measures along the supply chain throughout the region of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand.  The study was commissioned by the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) Trade in Goods Committee to fulfil Article 7(4) of the agreement’s Trade in Goods Chapter which mandates a review of NTMs.  

    As a direct result of this report, Senior Officials in the ASEAN region have been tasked with implementing a range of key recommendations that will make addressing NTMs an ongoing part of AANZFTA’s work programme. These recommendations are expected to make AANZFTA more business-friendly, give stronger attention to the interests and concerns of small and medium-sized enterprises, encourage good regulatory practice throughout the region, and enhance engagement with business in working to address NTMs.  This important work provides an excellent example of the ways in which our research can deliver real impact in the communities in which we work.