Our key topics:
Trade liberalisation can make an important contribution
to domestic economic growth in national economies.
But, in order to do so, it may require appropriate
regulatory policies at the national level -- free
trade is not necessarily "laisser-faire".
increasingly focuses on trade in the services
sector, which represents about two thirds of GDP
in most economies, hence offers particularly important
opportunities for growth in developed and developing
GEM often interacts
with international institutions such as the WTO,
UN and World Bank, as well as with firms and NGOs
interested in trade issues.
New technologies and the
expansion of trade are testing existing regulations,
rendering them less effective on the national
level and less coherent on the international level.
This is putting pressure on national authorities
to find new approaches to achieving public objectives.
In this domain, GEM launched an initiative
with the AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory
Studies to develop a programme in Europe on the
economic assessment of regulations at the national
and EU level from 2004 to 2008 (when the joint initiative ended and the Center passed under the of AEI only). Then GEM worked on these issues with other institutions and in particular the GMF.
based, policy oriented think tank. GEM
brings together international academics and industry
experts from the private and public sectors to
provide fact-finding, economically sound and policy
oriented analysis of current trade and regulatory
better economic governance. European
policy makers have to tackle the challenges of
liberalisation and globalisation in a much more
pro-active manner. Benefits of economic integration
can only be grasped if governments, firms and
citizens take a sober look at the challenges they
face and if they think carefully about ways of
making domestic markets work better to achieve
better defined social and economic policy objectives.
national, european and international audiences.
In order to better contribute to public debate,
GEM will publish not only in English but also
where relevant in other European languages.
the GEM and AEI-Brookings
Initiative that have appeared in the press may
be found here:
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