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Department for International Trade:
CEP associates to join new UK trade panel

30 September 2020

Two Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) associates are members of a new expert trade panel set up to support UK trade negotiations.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has said that Professor Tony Venables, BP Professor of Economics at Oxford University and associate of CEP, will chair the panel.

Dr Swati Dhingra, Assistant Professor of Economics at LSE, and associate of CEP, will also be a member of the panel.

The panel will advise DIT on the use of cutting-edge trade models and techniques. This advice will include recommendations on how best to incorporate wider global economic developments, such as the impact of Covid-19, into its economic and trade modelling.

The other members of the panel are: Professor Michael Plummer, Eni Professor of International Economics at the Bologna Institute for Policy Research at The Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe; Dr Graham Gudgin, Honorary Research Associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR) in the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and Dr Christine McDaniel, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, USA.

Professor Tony Venables, said: “Trade policy modelling provides the tools for thinking through possible effects on the UK of changes in trade policy and in the world economy at large.

"The panel will provide DIT with analysis and recommendations on how best to use these tools to fully capture effects, while being evidence based and presenting findings in a comprehensible and transparent manner."


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