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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

The EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) – Responding to the Crisis of the Liberal World Order

The EU and Japan are about to adopt two (potentially) ground-breaking agreements: an EU-Japan free trade agreement and the EU-Japan Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA). The SPA, policymakers in both Brussels and Tokyo cheer, will be the ‘big bang’ of bilateral relations upgrading political and security ties from too passive to very active. read more

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Inclusive Growth for Germany 18: Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth for Germany

Our study “Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany” by Wim Naudé (University of Maastricht) and Paula Nagler (University of Rotterdam) sheds light on how technological innovations affect inclusive growth. In the public debate, disruptive innovations through trends like digitization and automatization are often discussed with plenty of scepticism: these trends are often seen as a threat to jobs and thus the well-being of many in the workforce. However, it is quite clear that these trends are not reversible and are already embedded in today’s economy. The results of the study show that technological innovations do not hamper inclusive growth. Quite the opposite: the data show that the stronger technological innovations penetrated the German economy, the stronger the welfare benefits have been. Thus, the results indicate that economic policy aimed at both pure economic performance and battling inequality at the same time should focus on an environment in which technological innovations can thrive. The authors discuss several short-term and long-term levers for economic policy conducive to innovations-driven inclusive growth. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Interim Report: Bolstering Global Trade Governance

The multilateral trading system – embodied by the WTO – has played a vital role in facilitating global trade and make its benefits available to developed and developing nations alike. But today, the WTO faces many challenges and criticisms. An expert group established by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is working on recommendations how the WTO and its members can respond to these challenges and bolster the functioning of the multilateral trading system. Its main considerations are summarized in this interim report. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Executive Summary: Bolstering Global Trade Governance

The multilateral trading system – embodied by the WTO – has played a vital role in facilitating global trade and make its benefits available to developed and developing nations alike. But today, the WTO faces many challenges and criticisms. An expert group established by the Bertelsmann Stiftung is working on recommendations how the WTO and its members can respond to these challenges and bolster the functioning of the multilateral trading system. Its main considerations are summarized in this executive summary. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (E-Book / PDF)2017

What Holds Asian Societies Together?

Social cohesion has become an important public goal in many countries across the globe, not only in the Western hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite the growing political and academic interest in the concept, there is no generally accepted definition of social cohesion. As a result, empirical insights are lacking. Against this backdrop, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has initiated the “Social Cohesion Radar” which now, for the first time, presents empirical findings on South, Southeast and East Asia. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (E-Book / ePub)2017

What Holds Asian Societies Together?

Social cohesion has become an important public goal in many countries across the globe, not only in the Western hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite the growing political and academic interest in the concept, there is no generally accepted definition of social cohesion. As a result, empirical insights are lacking. Against this backdrop, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has initiated the “Social Cohesion Radar” which now, for the first time, presents empirical findings on South, Southeast and East Asia. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Policy Brief #2017/09: How Hidden Protectionism Impacts International Trade

Tariffs impede trade. They are the most visible instrument for protecting domestic companies against foreign competition. So-called non-tariff barriers to trade (NTBs) are less visible. NTBs include restricting import quantities, registration formalities for imports or state aid for domestic suppliers. NTBs implemented worldwide between 2010 and 2015 have been responsible for roughly 16 percent of missing global trade in 2015. German exports could have been at least USD 43 billion higher in 2015 if these NTBs had not existed. The value of German imports in 2015 would have been at least USD 34 billion higher than the actual volume of imports. These are the results of a recent study of the ifo Institute Munich on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung. Based on the quantitative results of the study, this policy brief also draws policy conclusions in regard to the world trade system. The authors argue that NTBs should be addressed – analogous to tariff reduction rounds – under the multilateral umbrella of the WTO. The long-term goal should be uniform regulations and standards around the world in order to ensure fair framework conditions for international competition. Here, particular attention should be paid to special economic relationships between industrialized countries on the one hand and developing and emerging countries on the other. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Hidden Protectionism

Tariffs impede trade. They are the most visible instrument for protecting domestic companies against foreign competition. So-called non-tariff barriers to trade (NTBs) are less visible. NTBs include restricting import quantities, registration formalities for imports or state aid for domestic suppliers. The trend towards implementing NTBs has increased substantially since the financial and economic crisis 2008/2009. Generally, the increasing implementation of NTBs is a worrying development since, just like tariffs, NTBs slow global trade and thus the economic welfare of countries involved. In fact, the development of world trade has lagged behind expectations in recent years. Against this background, our study analyzes the effects that NTBs could have on global trade in general and on the trade of selected individual countries, such as Germany or China. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Brochure)2017

What Holds Asian Societies Together?

Social cohesion has become an important public goal in many countries across the globe, not only in the Western hemisphere, but also in Asia. Despite the growing political and academic interest in the concept, there is no generally accepted definition of social cohesion. As a result, empirical insights are lacking. Against this backdrop, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has initiated the “Social Cohesion Radar” which now, for the first time, presents empirical findings on South, Southeast and East Asia. read more

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