Trade and Competitiveness

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An enduring concern for both developed and developing countries is the balance between environmental policy and the international competitiveness of both nations and individual firms. The Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee examines the effects of green growth policies on the patterns and volume of trade, on national and firm competitiveness, and on employment. This work stream is prioritising the identification of data gaps and potential options for addressing them, particularly in developing countries.


Committee Members

Head of DepartmentDeutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE)
Research AssociateGreen Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)
Professor of Political ScienceETH Zurich
Global Lead on Green CompetitivenessWorld Bank Group
Senior AssociateInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Associate Professorial Research FellowGrantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, London School of Economics
Professor of Energy and Environmental PolicyTufts University
Professor of Management at the Wharton SchoolUniversity of Pennsylvania
PresidentInternational Forum on Sustainable Value Chains (ISVC)
HeadTrade, Policy and Planning Unit, United Nations Environment Programme
Senior EconomistTrade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS)
LecturerInternational Economics, Graduate Institute Geneva
Head of ResearchCIES, Graduate Institute Geneva
AdvisorSector Programme Economic Policy and Private Sector Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Senior ResearcherFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM)
Professor of Policy StudiesIndian Institute of Technology (Delhi)
DirectorSustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
CounsellorTrade and Environment Division, WTO Secretariat
Senior Research FellowInternational Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
EconomistInternational Labour Organization (ILO)
HeadTrade for Sustainable Development Programme (T4SD), International Trade Centre (ITC)
Policy AnalystOECD Environment Directorate


In May 2017, the Trade and Competitiveness Research Committee released a scoping study in the working paper: "Analysis of Existing Environmental Policy Databases". The paper assesses 24 databases that provide information on environmental policies implemented by national governments. The review of each database summarises the type of information provided, the breadth of coverage, the accessibility of data, and the strengths and weaknesses of each database with respect to the overall objective of improving access to environmental policy data for assessing the impact of environmental policies on competitiveness and trade. 



A full list of resources on green growth, trade, and competitiveness can be accessed through the GGKP's "Trade & Supply Chains" theme page or through the GGKP's resource library.