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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

IMFDataMapperThumb.gifTrade 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.