This dataset covers 52 policy areas selected from 279 EDPs notified to the WTO and signed between 1958 and 2015. It also contains information on the legal applicability of different policy areas. This dataset covers the large margin of content of substantive trade agreements. Deep trade agreements are important for economic development. The rules embedded in the DBAs, as well as multilateral trade rules and other elements of international economic law, such as bilateral investment agreements, influence how countries (and therefore the people and businesses that live and operate there) do business, invest, work and ultimately develop. Trade and investment regimes determine the extent of economic integration, competition rules influence economic efficiency, intellectual property rights are important for innovation, and environmental and labour rules contribute to environmental and social outcomes. This database provides the tools to analyze these new dimensions of integration to better identify the content and consequences of DTAs. 1. Deep Trade Agreements Database 1.0 (horizontal depth) Preferential trade agreements have always been a feature of the global trading system, but have grown in importance in recent years. The number of PTAs has increased from 50 in the early 1990s to about 300 in 2019. All WTO members currently participate in at least one and often several PTAs. The PTAs have broadened their scope. While the average ATP covered 8 policy areas in the 1950s, they averaged 17 in recent years.
This project provides data and analysis on the content of trade agreements. Deep trade agreements are reciprocal agreements between countries that cover not only trade, but also other policies, such as international investment and labour flows, as well as the protection of intellectual property rights and the environment. Although these agreements are still referred to as trade agreements, their objective is integration beyond trade or deep integration. In order to assess the content of the agreements to deepen, the following data sets have been developed: this database contains detailed information on the content of a subsample of 18 policy areas that are most frequently addressed in a series of 283 agreements currently notified to the WTO between 1958 and 2017. For each agreement, the database includes the above-mentioned substantive objectives and obligations, as well as aspects of transparency, procedures and implementation.