Trade and economic policy

Research in the area of trade and economic policy will preferably focus on the identification of policy interventions that help to stimulate exports and speed up the process of domestic knowledge accumulation, and further our understanding of the relationship between international integration, learning and innovation.

A key ingredient in this research is the development of data on firms and markets, and research on measurement methodologies. Specifically, the IGC is interested in measuring forces that may be important in determining a firm’s capabilities, such as knowledge, access to global production chains and input markets, use of specific technologies, quality of products, contracting relationships between different firms, and other factors of heterogeneity that may be unobserved through standard measurement approaches. In order to do so, further data on firms and markets is needed, and the IGC would therefore be open for proposals with a strong focus on data collection.