Caroline Dommen - International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Dominik Ledergerber - State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, SECO
Joseph Francois - University of Bern, World Trade Institute
Rashmi Banga - UNCTAD
Marzia Fontana - Institute of Development Studies at Sussex
The purpose of this session is to discuss different methodological approaches to ex ante assessments of trade agreements and how they may be combined. It will include presentations on how qualitative and quantitative approaches can be included in assessments of planned trade agreements. It will give examples of how conventional economic modelling tools work, and ask how they can be complemented to adequately reflect social issues. It will aim to present these in clear and simple terms. It will draw in particular on the case of the planned trade agreement between the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and Mercosur.