To provide researchers with easy access to this type of data, UNCTAD has created, as part of a joint project with the Graduate Institute, the University of Ottawa and the European University of St. Petersburg, texts of trade agreements (ToTA), a public repository of HTML-based trade agreements. A text comparison of 450 preferential trade agreements through an interactive roadmap. We propose a new method for predicting the impact of preferential trade agreements (EPAs) on trade and well-being, with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement being considered a case study. Based on a new set of contract text data covering all trade agreements notified to the World Trade Organization, we first establish an indicator that compares existing TTAs with the TPP in terms of text resorhood. [Read more] With multilateral negotiations in the World Trade Organization (WTO) deadlocked, the settlement of international economic governance has shifted to preferential trade agreements (EPA). To facilitate the scientific study of the fast-growing world of PTAs, this article introduces a body of readable, structured, readable and structured complete texts of 448 WTO-signed trade agreements, which are stored in a Github repository – the text of the Corpus Trade Agreements (ToTA). [Read more] A comparison of chapters and sections of trade agreements on the same subject. Trade agreements converge in regional or interregional clusters of similarly worded agreements Text and data methods include a large number of research instruments that allow us to gain new knowledge about trade agreements. For example, text-like measures are able to understand differences in the design of fine grain contracts. The so-called dimension reduction techniques, which compress the textual information contained in a text into a series of abstract variables, can help to predict more precisely the effects of trade agreements than the measures available so far. In this article, we present a new structured corpus of fully digitized PTA texts from the WTO RTA database and use textual data tools to represent the design of PTAs.
We argue that textual similarities are particularly appropriate for understanding differences in contract design and we note that the concept of PTA comprises a number of very heterogeneous agreements, which systematically differ in scope, content and language. [Read more] Moreover, these agreements have a higher degree of adaptation than the ILO, in the midst of standardization. Finally, even PTAs, which are similar in overall design, generally indicate significant text variations in some chapters. Trade agreements should be seen as a more heterogeneous group than bilateral investment agreements The texts of trade agreements can be treated as data that can help us find better answers to many political issues, such as. B: The Trade Agreement Texts (ToTA) project releases a complete corpus of machine-readable preferential trade agreements (PTAs) with comments for scientists and policy makers to analyze them.