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Global Economic Dynamics

Newsletter of March 2017

We help make complex economic dynamics transparent and understandable. The project examines the causes and effects of economic trends, as well as the connections linking one trend to another.



EU-Japan: Free Trade Agreement Commitment to Economic Cooperation

A new study of the ifo Institute on behalf of Bertelsmann Stiftung shows that both sides could gain additional benefit from a free trade agreement. More importantly, however, the agreement would signal a clear commitment to economic cooperation and free trade in the era of Brexit and Trump. read more


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Brexit Has Just Been Triggered – What Happens Next?

The UK is officially leaving the European Union. We take a closer look at how this works and what happens next. read more


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TFA: The Trillion Dollar Trade Deal That Just Came into Force

TFA: the one trillion dollar trade deal that hardly anyone noticed, have you? We take a closer look at the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) to provide you with the latest info on what it is about and the 3 reasons why the TFA is an important step in terms of trade diplomacy and governance of international trade. read more


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How Blockchain Technology Could Revolutionize International Trade

While International trade has grown immensely over the past 20 years and exceeded USD 18 trillion in 2014, in many ways it is still dominated by old-fashioned paper-based methods rather than the latest technology. The emergence of the blockchain technology and smart contracts promises to resolve current inefficiencies, bearing the potential to save global trade trillions of dollars. read more


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GED Mini-Series: Inclusiveness in the Global Trading System – How Did We Get Here?

Over the course of this four-blogpost miniseries, we delve deeply into the history of global trade and trade agreements, the effects of such deals and the current trends in global trading to see what can be done to steer the economic community towards a more inclusive system. Click here for Part One of this series. read more


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GED Explains: Globalization – How Much is Too Much?

Many national economies may have already reached their optimal degree of globalization, meaning that – from a purely economic viewpoint – further advances in globalization no longer make any sense for them. But how do we know what is the optimal globalization point for a country? Find out in this new episode of GED Explains. read more


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GED Explains: Foreign Direct Investment

The increase in international capital interdependence is a core element of globalization. Foreign direct investment plays a central role here. Often, such as in the case of Chinese FDI in Europe, it can be viewed with scepticism or even fear by domestic markets, but should it? This episode of GED Explains describes the most important motives and consequences associated with such investments. read more


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GED Under the Radar – February Edition

Every so often there are some economic stories that we feel are most interesting but that did not get the kind of media attention we think they deserved. Did you catch all of them? Last month under the radar: Danish labor problems, India's poor, an angry Belarusian and French cows! read more



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