World Bank Deep Trade Agreements Database

1. Database for Deep Trade Agreements 1.0 (horizontal depth) This dataset covers 52 policy areas selected from 279 WTO-notified ERPs signed between 1958 and 2015. It also contains information on the legal applicability of different policy areas. This dataset covers the large margin of content of substantive trade agreements. 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. Preferential trade agreements have always been a feature of the global trading system, but they have grown in importance in recent years. The number of PTAs has increased from 50 in the early 1990s to about 300 in 2019. All WTO members currently participate in at least one and often several PTAs. The PTAs have broadened their scope. While the average ATP covered 8 policy areas in the 1950s, they averaged 17 in recent years.

Deep trade agreements are reciprocal agreements between countries that cover not only trade, but also other policies such as international investment and labour flows, as well as the protection of intellectual property rights and the environment. Although these agreements are still referred to as trade agreements, their objective is integration beyond trade or deep integration. This project provides data and analysis on the content of trade agreements. 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. To assess the content of deep trade agreements, the following data sets have been established: Proposed Quote for the Deep Trade Agreements Manual: © Grupo Banco Mundial.