The relevance of trade statistics are best shown through its use in policy analysis. Research and academic institutes are at the forefront of such analysis and studies. For instance, supported by funds from the World Bank many institutes produced reports on the effects of the global financial crisis on trade in 2010. These studies almost unanimously demonstrated the interconnectivity of global production through its value chains and stimulated the further development of trade in value-added and the relation of trade and employment. Institutes which have been active in the various studies are – among many others – Duke University (USA), MIT (USA), the Vienna Institute for Economic Research (Austria), the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and IDE-JETRO (Japan).
The Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research institution devoted to the study of international economic policy. Since 1981 the Institute has provided timely and objective analysis of, and concrete solutions to, a wide range of international economic problems. It is one of the very few economics think tanks that are widely regarded as "nonpartisan" by the press and "neutral" by the US Congress, its research staff is cited by the quality media more than that of any other such institution. Support is provided by a wide range of charitable foundations, private corporations and individual donors, and from earnings on the Institute's publications and capital fund. It moved into its award-winning new building in 2001, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2006 and adopted its new name at that time, having previously been the Institute for International Economics.
Special Topic: Trade, Jobs and Globalization, see http://www.iie.com/research/topics/hottopic.cfm?HotTopicID=6
The Center for International Business is dedicated to education and research on international issues facing business and national leaders. The Center is a primary resource for Tuck students, faculty, alumni, and others interested in global opportunities and issues facing companies. Activities include managing the Tuck Global Consultancy course, bringing speakers to Tuck, and organizing on- and off-campus conferences. The Center also organizes the popular Learning Expeditions program, short-term visits to businesses and communities around the world.
(Director: Andrew Bernard)
The Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an affiliate of the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University, is built around the use of global value chains methodology to study the effects of globalization on various topics of interest including: industrial upgrading, international competitiveness, the environment, global health, engineering and entrepreneurship, and innovation in the global knowledge economy.
The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies is one of the principle centres for research on Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe with more than 35 years of experience. Over the years, we have broadened our expertise, increasing our regional coverage and the research areas we work on. At present, our work is focused on issues of European integration, structural change and international economics, as well as on selected issues related to the process of globalization. The institute is an independent, non-profit institution. Staff serves the public and clients alike, delivering economic analyses and research, forecasts, statistical data and policy advice.
The Institute of Developing Economies (IDE) aims to make intellectual contributions to the world as a leading center of social-science research on developing regions. We accumulate locally-grounded knowledge on these areas, clarify the conditions and issues they are facing, and disseminate a better understanding of these areas both domestically and abroad. These activities provide an intellectual foundation to facilitate cooperation between Japan and the international community for addressing development issues.