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World Bank Trade Agreement Database

In order to assess the content of in-depth trade agreements, the following data sets have been established: Deep trade agreements are reciprocal agreements between countries that cover not only trade, but also other areas of action, such as international investment and labour flows, as well as the protection of intellectual property and environmental rights. Although these agreements are still referred to as trade agreements, their objective is integration beyond trade or deep integration. 1. Deep Trade Agreements Database 1.0 To search for all agreements with each text in a specific provision (z.B. to find all agreements that contain text in the « National Security Exceptions » provision), select the provision from the list and leave the « Search » text empty. Deep trade agreements are important for economic development. The rules embedded in the DBAs, as well as multilateral trade rules and other elements of international economic law, such as bilateral investment agreements, influence how countries (and therefore the people and businesses that live and operate there) do business, invest, work and ultimately develop. Trade and investment regimes determine the extent of economic integration, competition rules influence economic efficiency, intellectual property rights are important for innovation, and environmental and labour rules contribute to environmental and social outcomes. This database provides the tools to analyze these new dimensions of integration to better identify the content and consequences of DTAs. This database provides detailed information on the content of a subsample of 18 policy areas that are most often addressed in a series of 283 agreements currently notified to the WTO between 1958 and 2017. For each agreement, the database includes the above-mentioned substantive objectives and obligations, as well as aspects of transparency, procedures and implementation. This database represents the most important efforts in terms of policy coverage and information granularity in each area.

This database is the result of collaboration with experts from different fields of action from the scientific community and other international organizations such as the OECD, UNCTAD and the WTO.

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