Curated Web Links

The curated web links for Understanding the New Global Economy. A European Perspective are organized by book chapters 1-7, while general resources relevant for all chapters are placed first.

General Resources

International Institutions 
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a great source for assessing and forecasting the global economy (e.g., the biannual World Economic Outlook), macroeconomic data, and country information.

The World Bank offers regular reports (e.g., World Development ReportGlobal Economic Prospects) and a rich database of development indicators.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) offers among others the annual World Trade Report, and a detailed database on trade and trade policies.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides analyses and data with a focus on advanced countries. The OECD’s “New Approaches to Economic Challenges” (NAEC) initiative features leading experts discussing new directions in the NGE.

The European Union (EU) provides analysis and data via Eurostat with a focus on EU economies.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) issues a yearly World Investment Report and Trade and Development Report, as well as a comprehensive database on foreign direct investment.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) offer a yearly Industrial Development Report and an Industrial Statistics database

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides an annual World Employment and Social Outlook and other a number of other flagship publication reports on social protection and global wages. It also provides a very useful data base on labour statistics.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) offers among others a regular Global Environment Outlook and access to UN Environment Open Data.

Research Institutes and Think Tanks:
The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) publishes working papers, policy reports and books by leading scholars (partly gated). 

CEPR’s website features (ungated) short summary pieces on recent policy research and commentary from leading economists.

The US-based National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) conducts and disseminates (partly gated) non-partisan economic research.

An incomplete list of think tanks, providing recent analyses on the global and European economy contains Bruegel, the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), and the Jacques Delors Institute are leading EU-based think tanks that provide contemporary policy analysis. The Center for European Research (CER) is UK-based. The Brookings Institution and the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) are leading US think tanks, the latter with a focus on international trade and finance.

Curated Op-ed Websites and Blogs:
Commentaries and op-eds on global and European economy issues by leading experts are published by Project SyndicateThe Conversation, and – with a focus on Europe – LSE EUROPP. In addition, the IMF Blog offers timely insights and analyses.

The IMF web site offers a selection of curated links to “essential readings” on global economic issues.

Our World in Data provides detailed (and adjustable) visualisation of statistics on global issues.

The American Economic Association offers curated links to a vast array of Resources for Economists.

Chapter 1: Introduction to the New Global Economy

The KOF Globalisation Index is updated regularly and a great way to monitor trends in de facto and de jure globalisation in general as well as for particular areas.

Chapter 2: Global Production

The World Bank offers regular reports (e.g., World Development ReportGlobal Economic Prospects) and a rich database of development indicators.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) provides analyses and data with a focus on advanced countries.

The Atlas of Economic Complexity is an invaluable source to explore the role of economic complexity for economic growth and development.

A great source for historical and current GDP and GDP per capita data is the Maddison Historical Database.

For data on the quality of institutions see the World Bank Governance Indicators.

Productivity data for many countries can be obtained from the Long Term Productivity Database.

To learn more about the EU’s Single Market visit the EU Single market website.

A great source on inclusive and sustainable source is the edited volume: Cerra et al., How to Achieve Inclusive Growth, Oxford University Press 2022 (open access) 

Hausmann et al. introduce here the tool of Growth Diagnostics. The Harvard Growth Lab website provides links to many growth diagnostics country studies

The OECD’s “New Approaches to Economic Challenges” (NAEC) initiative is a great website that features leading experts discussing new directions in the NGE.

Chapter 3: Global Trade

Timely analyses and recent trends in global trade are discussed in the WTO’s annual World Trade Report. Data are available from the WTO Database and the UN Comtrade database.

The WTO also co-publishes  every other year the Global Value Chain Development Report. The latest is the Global Value Chain Development Report 2021.

The WTO offers detailed trade and tariff data.

The Atlas of Economic Complexity is a great tool for visualising and analysing trade data by both countries and products.

Global Trade Alert is an independent project initiated by the University of St. Gallen that informs about state interventions affecting trade, foreign investment and labour force migration.

The International Labour Office’s website offers a comprehensive introduction to Labour Standards.

For trade policy strategies see the official websites of the country of your interest, such as the European Union, and the Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Chinese site on the Made in China 2025 strategy.

Chapter 4: Global Investment

UNCTAD offers a yearly World Investment Report with data and analyses of recent trends in FDI and a changing topical focus every year.

UNCTAD offer a comprehensive database on foreign direct investment. Detailed FDI data and analyses are also available from OECD.

For EU data on cross-border investment see the EU Single Market Scoreboard data.

For policy measures regarding FDI UNCTAD’s website on investment policy, the OECD’s FDI Regulatory Restrictiveness Index, and Global Trade Alert provide reliable information.

The Missing Profits website offers estimates of profit shifting via FDI.

The German Federal Ministry of Finance offers an explainer on the intended Global Corporate Minimum Tax.

Chapter 5: Global Intangibles 

The WTO website is a first stop for information on trade in services and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights.

The WTO’s World Trade Report 2019 focuses on trade in services, while the 2020 report highlights “government policies to promote innovation in the digital age”.

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s website is an invaluable source of information, data and analysis on intellectual property, such as the World Intellectual Property Report that is published every two years.

UNCTAD’s Digital Economy Report covers trends in the digital economy every two years since 2019 (formerly Information Economy Report).

For detailed information on developments, regulation and policies regarding trade in services see the EU website on the Single Market for Services. For information on the EU’s digital single market strategy see the EU Digital Strategy website. The EU’s position on intellectual property rights in the global economy is presented on of the EU’s trade website.

Chapter 6: Global Money and Finance

The IMF’s website is key source for information. Next to the biannual World Economic Outlook, the annual Global Financial Stability Report and the External Sector Report offer timely analyses of global financial risks and imbalances.

For detailed information on exchange rate regimes see IMF’s Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Exchange Restrictions.

The Bank for International Settlements offers insightful Annual Reports and Quarterly Reviews with a focus on the global dimension of international money, finance and banking, as well as detailed statistics, especially on international banking.

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) offers Reports to the G20, including the FSB Annual Report with a focus on global financial stability.

The ECB’s website offers timely information on all issues around the Euro in the global economy, such as monetary policy decisions and financial stability, and is the gateway to euro area statistics, in particular the ECB’s Statistical Data Warehouse.

The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank offers timely information, analyses and data with a focus on the US economy. For more and also global data see the easy-to-access FRED database, maintained by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Valuable sources for the discussion on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) are the BIS Innovation Hub on CBDCs, the ECB Digital Euro website, and a recent (open access) CEPR/VoxEU book edited by Dirk Niepelt (2021).

Chapter 7: Governance in the New Global Economy 

The websites of all major international institutions, in particular the WTO, the IMF, and the World Bank offer detailed information and explainers about their objectives and structure. 

The WTO offers information on multilateral negotiations and current WTO meeting, and Regional Trading Agreements (RTAs), including a valuable RTA Database.

Ideas for reviving the multilateral system are presented in the open access CEPR/VoxEU book edited by Evenett & Baldwin 2020.

The World Bank offers an extensive analyses and a data base regarding Deep Trade Agreements. For an accessible discussion of DTAs see the  CEPR/VoxEU open access book edited by Fernandes, Rocha & Ruta (2021).

The EU’s Trade Policy Website features information on the EU’s relation to the WTO and the EU’s Regional and Bilateral Agreements.

To quantify “the wealth of the nations” beyond GDP measures see – among others – the Stiglitz-Fitoussi-Durand Report to the OECD: “Beyond GDP. Measuring What Counts for Economic and Social Progress”. Already in 1990, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched its Human Development Index as integral part of its annual Human Development Report. A much broader regular reporting on a comprehensive concept of global welfare is offered by UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

A comprehensive book, covering all aspects of inclusive growth, written by outstanding experts is available open access: Cerra et al., How to Achieve Inclusive Growth, Oxford University Press 2022.