International Trade and Trade Policies

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International Trade and Trade Policies2019-07-30T11:37:42+01:00

container-1411252_1920This area of research centres on one of the most important and controversial aspects of the evolution of the global economy: the process of trade integration and the economic interests driving it. These matters are subject to constant negotiations at both the multilateral level within the World Trade Organization, and at regional/bilateral level as part of agreements for the creation of free trade areas. The need for a mix of public policies consequent on the coexistence of very different objectives – such as economic growth, sustainable development, energy supply, food and nutrition security – causes great concern regarding the increasing uncertainty about their impact on the international division of labour. There are issues of great importance for a growing number of countries: the relationship between economic growth and international openness and, more generally, between trade and development, the role of foreign investment, the increasingly evident linkages among environmental regulation, trade policies, and competitiveness.

The Rossi-Doria Centre undertakes analysis of these issues by combining qualitative assessments with quantitative estimates of the effects of current processes and possible future developments, also in light of the consequences and prospects for many important branches of the Italian economy.

The economists at the Rossi-Doria Centre are involved in national and international projects and in various networks connected with their line of research: PRIN 2012: I cambiamenti climatici nell’area del Mediterraneo: scenari evolutivi; impatti economici; politiche di mitigazione e innovazione tecnologica; 6th European Framework Programme: Exploring the future of global food and nutrition security; European Trade Study Group; International Agricultural Trade Research Network.


Preliminary Study for Project Supporting Italian SMEs on Free Trade Agreements (FTA), 2018.
Contracting Authority: ITA – Italian Trade Agency.
Lack of information has been identified as one of the main barriers to FTA use by EU firms. EU institutions and member States are therefore promoting initiatives aimed at filling this gap among stakeholders. The present study intends to contribute to this information requirement, providing an overall picture of the characteristics of FTA that have, or may have, relevant implications for the Italian economy and its firms.
CRES research team: Anna Giunta (Roma Tre University and CRES), Marianna Mantuano (ISTAT and CRES), Enrico Marvasi (Politecnico di Milano), Silvia Nenci (Roma Tre University and CRES), Luca Salvatici (Roma Tre University and CRES), Davide Vurchio (Roma Tre University and CRES).

Value Added Development in the GTAP Framework, 2017.
Contracting Authority: European Commission, DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SME’s (DG GROWTH).
The goal of the service is to provide a study on the decomposition of the gross GTAP trade data into Valued Added trade data, by integrating this extra information directly in the GTAP model code. CRES research team: Ilaria Fusacchia, Silvia Nenci (Roma Tre University and CRES), Luca Salvatici (Roma Tre University and CRES).

Sub-Saharan Africa Countries: Food and Agricultural Policies, Trade Policies and Global Value Chains, 2017.
Contracting authority: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Centre for Economic and Social Research, Roma Tre University, have recently agreed on research and capacity building activities to support the programme for Monitoring and Analysing Food and Agricultural Policies (MAFAP).
MAFAP seeks to establish country owned and sustainable systems to monitor, analyse, and reform food and agricultural policies to enable more effective, efficient and inclusive policy frameworks in a growing number of developing and emerging economies.
Rossi-Doria Centre’s research will focus on “The impact of food and agricultural policies on trade performance of Sub-Saharan Africa countries by product” and on “Analyzing the relationship between trade policies and backward and forward participation of the Sub-Saharan Africa countries’ to agriculture and food Global Value Chains”.
CRES research team: Ilaria Fusacchia, Silvia Nenci, Luca Salvatici, Davide Vurchio (Roma Tre University and CRES).

Trump’s America First: Global Scenarios for Agri-Food Trade, 2017.
Contracting authority: ISMEA.
This research report aims at filling, in part, the analytical and information gap, by simulating the effects of some hypothetical scenarios coming from possible actions of US trade policy and using one of the most reliable and widespread economic general models in global analysis such as the one provided by the Global Trade Analysis Project (GTAP).
CRES research team: Alessandro Antimiani (EU Commission and CRES), Fabrizio De Filippis (Roma Tre University and CRES), Ilaria Fusacchia (Roma Tre University and CRES), Luca Salvatici (Roma Tre University and CRES).
Ismea Research Team: Fabio Del Bravo (Ismea), Antonella Finizia, (Ismea) Linda Fioriti (Ismea), Roberto Milletti (Ismea), Cosimo Montanaro (Ismea), Maria Nucera (Ismea).
ISBN Code: 978-88-96095-05-8

Study on Firm-Level Drivers of Export Performance and External Competitiveness in Italy, 2017.
Contracting authority: European Commission, DG Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN).
This is a study in partnership with MET, on Italy’s international competitiveness based on firm-level data aimed at providing policy recommendations that the European Commission will submit to the Italian government.
CRES research team: Anna Giunta (Roma Tre University and CRES) and Lelio Iapadre (University of L’Aquila and CRES).
Other researchers: Emanuele Brancati (LUISS Guido Carli); Raffaele Brancati (MET); Andrea Maresca (MET), Mario Pianta (Università of Urbino “Carlo Bo”); Manuel Romagnoli (MET); Stefano Usai (University of Cagliari); Antonello Zanfei (University of Urbino “Carlo Bo”).

Tariff Barriers and Internationalization. Challenges and Opportunities for Italy, 2016.
Study commissioned by Associazione Obiettivocomune.
This study aims to assessing the levels of protection that the various productive sectors of the Italian economy face in the various markets. The assessment of tariff barriers is made difficult by multiplicity of instruments and disaggregation of policies. In order to analyze these aspects, a general economic equilibrium model is used to calculate a protection index theoretically grounded, suc as the Mercantilistic Trade Restrictiveness Index proposed by Anderson and Neary.
CRES research team: Alessandro Antimiani (UE Commission and CRES), Valeria Costantini (Roma Tre University and CRES), Luca Salvatici (Roma Tre University and CRES)

Market Power and Imperfect Tariff Pass-Through in the Agricultural Sector, 2016.
This research project, in particular, aims at analyzing if and how price reductions in the agricultural sector, determined by a cut in tariffs, are passed on to final consumers, taking into account the degree of competition among intermediaries.
Fellow: Ilaria Salvati (Roma Tre University),
Winner Project of Scholarship in Memory of Giovanni Anania


Ismea-CRES, Trump’s America First: Global Scenarios for Agri-Food Trade Report. March 2018.

Ismea-CRES, Trump’s America First: Global Scenarios for Agri-Food Trade. Report. Rome, September 2017.

Ismea-CRES, Trump’s America First: Global Scenarios for Agri-Food Trade. Executive Summary. Rome, September 2017.

MET-CRES, Study on firm-level drivers of export performance and external competitiveness in Italy.  Rapporto finale. August 2017.



16 – 20 July 2018 – Second Giovanni Anania Summer School on Evidence-Based Policy Making. Quasi-Experimental Methods in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis. University of Calabria, Ponte Pietro Bucci – Cubo 0/C, Arcavata di Rende, CS.

3 May 2018 h. 9:00 – Free Trade Agreements: An Opportunity for Growth. Assolombarda – Sala Falck, Via Chiaravalle 8, Milan.

28 September 2017 h. 9:45 – L’America First di Trump: scenari globali per il commercio agroalimentare. Sala delle Lauree (ground floor), Scuola di Economia e Studi Aziendali, Roma Tre University, Via Silvio D’Amico 77.

11 – 15 July 2016 – First Giovanni Anania Summer School on Evidence-Based Policy Making. Regional Trade Agreements: Implications for the EU Agriculture and Rural Development – University of Calabria, Ponte Pietro Bucci – Cubo 0/C, Arcavata di Rende, CS.

26 June 2015 h. 10:00: EXPO 2015 – EXPO MILANO 2015: Il Commercio Agroalimentare Mondiale e il Ruolo del Made in Italy -Expo Milano 2015, Auditorium Samsung – TIM, Milan.