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Illustrated USDA economic research

This should be fun. Unfor­tu­nate­ly the ‘inter­ac­tive’ ver­sion loads slow­ly and has ‘panes’ that make it dif­fi­cult to view the info-graph­ics. The (16.8mb!) down­load­able ver­sion may be bet­ter. But the down­load crawled, so I gave up.

This book con­tains a sam­pling of recent ERS research illus­trat­ing the breadth of the Agency’s research on cur­rent pol­i­cy issues: from bio­fu­els to food con­sump­tion to land con­ser­va­tion to pat­terns of trade for agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts” Extract from the intro­duc­tion to the ‘Illus­trat­ed Guide’ by the USDA’s Eco­nom­ic Research Ser­vice

Teachers’ kits on WTO — Keeping the peace

Exercise from Keeping the Peace

The final install­ment (for now) of my Teach­ers Kits on WTO, designed to help teach­ers in junior, mid­dle and high schools deliv­er class­es on WTO as part of, for exam­ple, a civics cur­ricu­lum. The kits were com­mis­sioned by the WTO.

This install­ment con­cerns WTO dis­pute set­tle­ment: a sub­ject that might be too advanced for junior school, so this kit con­tains class mate­ri­als only for mid­dle and high schools. As usu­al, class exer­cis­es are includ­ed, too. There is a full set of teach­ers’ notes that will help you to devel­op the lessons and pro­vide some addi­tion­al mate­r­i­al (as well as the solu­tions to the exer­cis­es).

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Spring-time for state captialists

It’s much more than Rio and Oz Min­er­als. Now Chi­na is secur­ing a 20-year sup­ply from the stum­bling Russ­ian oil indus­try.

The deal, the largest trade financ­ing agree­ment between the two coun­tries, alle­vi­ates the mas­sive refi­nanc­ing needs of Russia’s two state ener­gy giants as they seek to weath­er the cred­it cri­sis with the coun­try fac­ing its first reces­sion in 10 years. It will also pro­vide Chi­na, the world’s num­ber two oil importer, with an impor­tant new secured sup­ply of oil to fuel eco­nom­ic growth.” Extract from Finan­cial Times

Chi­na is on a shop­ping spree, tak­ing advan­tage of an his­tor­i­cal oppor­tu­ni­ty; its strong and strength­en­ing exter­nal bal­ances and the plunge in com­mod­i­ty prices. Yes, you read that right… while the rest of the world strug­gles to main­tain it’s trade grip, China’s exter­nal reserves will like­ly grow dur­ing the reces­sion.

Teacher’s Kit on WTO — Trade in Goods

Pages from the Teachers Kit, Trade in Goods

Time to con­tin­ue my series of posts pub­lish­ing the Teacher’s Kits on WTO, includ­ing class mate­ri­als for Mid­dle and Senior Schools, class exer­cis­es, and Teacher’s Notes.

Last time, I pub­lished links to the PDF files for the lessons called ‘About the WTO’. This time, two PDF files for lessons titled ‘Trade in Goods’.

Pages from the Teachers Kit, Trade in Goods

Would ‘critical mass’ agreements in WTO be ‘fissile’ or ‘fusional’?

Here is the paper I pre­sent­ed today to the Mel­bourne Uni­ver­si­ty Cen­ter for Pub­lic Pol­i­cy sem­i­nar on the Future of the Mul­ti­lat­er­al Trade Sys­tem. It asks would ‘crit­i­cal mass’ agreements—as rec­om­mend­ed by the War­wick Commission—reinforce (‘fuse’) the WTO’s Sin­gle Under­tak­ing or would they tend to pull it apart (‘fis­sion’)? I wel­come your com­ments.

IMF Data Mapper

Click to see a larger imageTrade data sets are large and often dif­fi­cult to inter­pret. Sim­pli­fy­ing the data and show­ing pol­i­cy-rel­e­vant rela­tion­ships is impor­tant. The new IMF Data Map­per is a bril­liant new on-line tool for doing just that

Click the thumb­nail image to see an exam­ple map.

Activities in 2007

Access the Inquit database of SPS measures

A map (click for a bet­ter view), at no par­tic­u­lar scale, of some of my activ­i­ties in 2007. A lot of trav­el­ing, some out­stand­ing meals—grilled Cro­ker fish and wild greens in Abu­ja, bar­be­cue mut­ton with sweet­breads in Karachi—some fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ters, and good friends. There were a cou­ple of marathons (the SPS data­base; trade & tar­iff sim­u­la­tions on 51 grains mar­kets) and at least one job that was just fun: class­room exer­cis­es for the Teach­ers’ kits on WTO.