International Trade and Global Commerce

This research program examines how changes in global trade and investment, technology, and economic and geopolitical power are affecting Canada, and what this means for policy. The ultimate objective is to foster the development of a forward-looking, medium-term policy agenda that will enable Canada to engage more effectively in the global economy.

The program focuses on the following themes:

  • Presenting new empirical evidence for Canada using firm-level and value-added trade data
  • Applying new perspectives from academic research on global value chains and firm-level trade theory
  • Exploring the policy implications of this work for trade negotiations, foreign investment, services, regulation, digital trade and productivity

The results and policy recommendations of this multi-year research initiative are available in volume VI of The Art of the State, entitled Redesigning Canadian Trade Policies for New Global Realities, edited by Stephen Tapp, Ari Van Assche and Robert Wolfe.

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