Digital Trade Integration

The objective of the project is to increase transparency on the topic of digital trade restrictions via the creation of (1) a dataset of digital trade restrictions and (2) an index on digital trade integration. The aim is to set out a methodology based on international best practices on how to regulate digital trade. In order to do so, the project will leverage on the cross-disciplinary exchange between the CIVICA partners institutions, which have distinguished themselves for research on legal, technical and human rights topics related to the digital economy.

Main outputs:

  • Digital Trade Restrictions – Open Dataset: The dataset will collect meaningful information about digital trade policies in a transparent and open format. The areas covered will be: tariffs and trade defense, taxation and subsidies, public procurement, infrastructure, foreign investment, IPRs, competition policy, business mobility, domestic and cross-border data policies, intermediate liability, content access, quantitative trade restrictions, standards, online sales and transactions. The dataset can inform deliberation on the design, implementation, and reform of relevant state intervention, on their cross-border effects, and on international cooperation. The data will cover at least 50 selected countries, with the objective to include more countries on a regular base.
  • Digital Trade Integration Index: The DTI index will be based on the data of the database. It will allow for comparison between countries and increased transparency of digital trade policies in the global economy.

Partner universities: European University Institute, Bocconi University, London School of Economics, Hertie School.

Other partners: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (EN-ECLAC), Jean Monnet Network Trade & Investment in Services Associates (TIISA), European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE).

To receive updates, please contact the project lead Martina Ferracane.