Mapping digital trade policies: Global trends from the Digital Trade Integration database

Martina Ferracane (European University Institute)


This working paper describes the Digital Trade Integration Database, an initiative of the European University Institute in partnership with Bocconi University, Hertie School, London School of Economics, the UN Economic Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Africa (UN-ECA) and Latin America (UN-ECLAC), the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO), and the European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE). The database offers comparable information on regulatory policies related to digital trade integration across 125 economies. The information is organized across 12 pillars covering a total of 65 indicators. The database intends, first of all, to provide a transparent and consistent framework to list policies related to digital trade. The database can also be used to study global trends in digital policy and to conduct empirical research to inform deliberation on the design, implementation, and reform of relevant state interventions, their cross-border effects, and international cooperation. The open format of the database allows the users to aggregate the information and construct indexes to facilitate empirical research.

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