WTO Resources

WTO Trade Flows and Trade Disputes

The data used in:

Trade Agreements and Enforcement: Evidence from WTO Dispute Settlement,” (with Chad P. Bown), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017, 9(4): 64-100.

Trade Flows and Trade Disputes,” (with Chad P. Bown), Review of International Organizations, 2015, 10(2): 145-177.

can be downloaded from the World Bank at:


It maps information on the policies that triggered WTO dispute settlement actions between 1995 and 2011 to highly disaggregated, product-level trade data so as to potentially learn from more precise measures of market access. This mapping includes three important elements i) information on the timing of the respondent’s policy change which triggered the dispute; ii) information on the different types of WTO-violating policies imposed, particularly whether they are ‘global’ policies (imposed against all trading partners) or ‘partial’ policies (imposed against a subset of trading partners); and iii) the value, volume, and calculated unit values of imports from all trading partners directly impacted by the respondent’s policy change

I have had the privilege of taking part in the WTO Dispute Settlement Case Law Project over the past four years.  The project brings together lawyers and economists to jointly assess the previous year’s WTO case law.  Final versions of the papers are published in an annual special issue of World Trade Review. 

My contributions include the following papers:

Article 21.5 DSU Appellate Body Report United States—Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (Second Complaint): Spillovers from Defense R&D Add to the Tug-of-War Between Panels and the WTO Appellate Body (with Jennifer Hillman)

“China – Cellulose Pulp: China’s Quest to Satisfy WTO Panels and the Appellate Body,” (with T. Yanguas), World Trade Review, 2019, 18(2): 263-285.

“Russia—Tariff Treatment: Identifying Systematic Violations of WTO Law,” (with Boris Rigod), World Trade Review, 2018, 17(2): 291-312.