Trade

Globalisation in 2021

Globalisation is related to the disappearance of national boundaries to establish a single market. This refers to goods and services, capital, as well as labour. The current wave of globalisation started with the end of the Second World War and the establishment of international institutions fostering the decline in trade tariffs, which gained speed in the 1980s and 1990s […]

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    Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Common challenges faced by agriculture in India and the UK, and new opportunities for greener practices

Recent agricultural policy reforms in India and the UK have highlighted a fundamental paradox: food is the most important good produced in the world, yet those who produce it struggle to earn a living without government subsidies, or by damaging the environment. LSE ID alum, Suhrid Patel questions whether the new UK policy could represent a new approach to support farmers to earn […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

Cutting Edge Issues in Development – Panel on China in Africa

On Friday 30 October, guest lecturers Deborah Brautigam, Folashade Soule-Kohndou and Shirley Ze Yu delivered an online lecture on “China in Africa” as part of the department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development lecture series. MSc International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies student, Otobong Mmah tells us what she took away from the lecture.

You can watch the guest lecture back on YouTube.  

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    Experiences of business case sustainability initiatives in Bangladesh’s garment industry

Experiences of business case sustainability initiatives in Bangladesh’s garment industry

Manufacturing processes often take place using practices that create harm to people and the planet. Dr Chikako Oka, Dr Rachel Alexander and Professor Shahidur Rahman explore challenges of sustainability-focused training programmes that global brands and retailers have been promoting for their suppliers by considering the perspectives of garment sector factory managers in Bangladesh. 

Social and environmental sustainability challenges are a major concern in […]

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    To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

To Ban or Not to Ban: the politics of African commodity processing promotion

African governments aiming to industrialize their economies often revert to export bans on raw commodities to promote processing industries. Intriguingly, these are introduced much more frequently on some processable commodities than others. Based on a recent World Development article, Dr Nicolai Schulz makes the argument that policy-makers avoid imposing export bans on commodities produced by a large share of […]

Patents, Trade and Medicines: past, present and future

Professor Kenneth Shadlen gives us a summary of a paper he co-authored with with Bhaven Sampat and Amy Kapczynski, which examines the different ways that pharmaceutical intellectual property provisions in trade agreements can affect prices, with a particular focus on regional and bilateral trade agreements. 

The inclusion of rules on intellectual property (IP) in trade agreements has inspired considerable debate. One area […]

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    Richard Kozul-Wright presents the 2019 UNCTAD’s report on trade and development: financing a global green new deal

Richard Kozul-Wright presents the 2019 UNCTAD’s report on trade and development: financing a global green new deal

MSc Development Management student, Lou Aubay, reflects on a recent guest lecture from Richard Kozul-Wright, lead author of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) annual report, which suggests that meeting the financing demands of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development requires rebuilding multilateralism around the idea of a Global Green New Deal.

Mr Richard Kozul-Wright is the current director of the […]

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    Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

Cutting Edge Issues in Development: Industrial Policy, Trade and Development in the New Global Economic Order

On Friday 12 October, development economist Ha-Joon Chang came to talk at the LSE as part of the International Development Department’s Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking and Practice lecture series. Kyeonga Kang from the MSc African Development was there and covered the talk for us.

“The recent changes in global industrial policy environment have not made industrial policy impossible.” Chang […]

The Problem with Trump’s “Protectionism”

President Trump announced that the US would apply tariffs of 10 percent and 25 percent on all imports of aluminium and steel, respectively. The announcement has been derided for being “protectionist” and damaging to the US economy, and likely to trigger a global “trade war.” Professor Ken Shadlen’s concerns lie elsewhere; the measures’ likely effects on the US economy can […]

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    The Impact of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative on Developing Countries

The Impact of China’s One Belt One Road Initiative on Developing Countries

What is China’s One Belt One Road initiative and will it bring prosperity or difficulties to the many developing countries along its route? Nathan Hayes, alumni from the department and Economist at Timetric’s Construction Intelligence Centre, breaks it down for us.

In autumn 2013, President of the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping, announced the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, […]