International Trade

International Trade

Since the early 1990s, NERA has been increasingly engaged in issues associated with international trade. This work has supported projects for both governmental bodies and businesses. Our areas of focus include trade policy, trade promotion, and trade aspects of intellectual property rights.

Our international trade experts recently analyzed the banana trade and related trade policy matters, studied the implications for the Russian energy industries of Russian accession to the WTO, prepared commentaries on WTO dispute cases, conducted a study on the net benefits to the UK of ECGD's export promotion activity and developed workshop materials on international trade and intellectual property rights.

In addition, we have examined the impact of trade reform on the EU regions in Central and Eastern Europe; advised on government support for major capital project exports and on export policy in an east European economy; reviewed the African, Caribbean and Pacific states'/EU Trade development Project; and advised on the economic consequences of the choice of regime for exhaustion in the area of trade marks.

The broader range of subjects now addressed by the World Trade Organization compared with GATT means that many aspects of NERA's work now has a much closer practical and analytical relevance to trade policy, including state aids, competition policy and regulatory aspects of trade in services. In the trade field NERA has strong links with a number of distinguished academic trade economists and with industry practitioners experienced in international trade matters. Affiliate relationships have been expanded in the trade policy field with the addition of our Brussels office in 2000, our Rome office in 2001 and our Tokyo office in 2002.

Name Title Location Phone Email
Dr. Jeff D. Makholm Managing Director Boston +1 617 927 4540
Vakhtang Kvekvetsia Director London +44 20 7659 8746
Dr. Laura T. W. Olive Associate Director Boston +1 617 927 4588
Dr. Sharon Brown-Hruska Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC +1 202 466 3510
Title Type Author
The Road to Mexico’s Self-Sufficient Energy Reforms Published Article Dr. Jeff D. Makholm, Dr. José Antonio Peñuelas, and Hamish Fraser
Fixing Local vs. National Public Interest Contests Requires a Full-Court Press in Con... Published Article Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
GAR Commercial Arbitration 2020: Measuring Economic Damages with Maximum Certainty Published Article Julie M. Carey, Dr. Christian Dippon, and Dr. Will Taylor
Measuring Economic Damages with Maximum Certainty Published Article Julie M. Carey, Dr. Christian Dippon, and Dr. Will Taylor
Gas Wars in Ukraine Illustrate Europe’s Vulnerability to Russian Energy Dominance Published Article Dr. Jeff D. Makholm, et al.
Vision of Liquefied Natural Gas Hub: Mirage on the Ocean? Published Article By Dr. Laura T. W. Olive
A Petroleum Tanker of a Different Color: Obstacles to an LNG-based Global Gas Spot Ma... Working Paper By Dr. Jeff D. Makholm and Dr. Laura T.W. Olive