European Centre for International Political Economy
ECIPE and other similar think tanks help to provide the European debate with informed analyses and opinions about the international economy. When we started, only a few of the research centres and think tanks around Europe worked on international economic issues and fewer still had a strong focus on trade policy. None comes close to the range and quality of international economic policy analysis provided, for example, by the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Brookings Institution in the United States.
ECIPE aims to diminish this gap with research and analysis that brings together politics, economics and law, and applies them to real-world policy-making. We believe that the progressive reduction of barriers to the movement of goods, services, capital, people and data across borders creates prosperity and improves the conditions for peace, security and individual freedom.
Informed policy research of trade and other international economic issues is as important as ever. After 1945, international commerce has become much freer. Multilateral trade liberalisation through the GATT has contributed to global growth and prosperity. Nevertheless, many barriers to international commerce remain in place. In recent years many regions have seen a liberalisation slowdown. Worse, the forces of protectionism and economic nationalism are now in ascendance: arguments against liberalisation have become more popular and influential. Such a climate demands new efforts to soberly review current policies and present independent facts-based analyses of concrete cases.