Content of Deep Trade Agreements

The dataset on the content of preferential trade agreements (PTAs) maps 52 provisions in 279 PTAs notified at WTO signed between 1958 and 2015. It also includes information about legal enforceability of each provision. The “Trade Agreements” file lists all the agreements available (279) with the coding of 52 provisions. The name and description of all variables is listed in the “read me” sheet. The “read me” sheet also explain the coding of legal enforceability. The “Bilateral Observations” file is a bilateral version of the dataset. Each observation is a country pair-year-agreement. Notice that some country-pairs appear multiple times in certain years if they have more than one agreement in force in that year. For example Angola and DRC in 2000 were in COMESA and SADC. The variables are the same as in the excel files. Important notice: The Bilateral Observations file excludes Partial Scope Agreements (PSA).
  • Type

    Time series

  • Periodicity

    Annual

  • Last Updated

    27-Oct-2016

  • Economy Coverage

    EAP, ECA, LAC, MNA, SAS, SSA

  • Granularity

    Other

  • Number of Economies

    189

  • Topic

    Trade

  • Update Frequency

    No fixed schedule

  • Contact Details

    Alen Mulabdic (amulabdic@worldbank.org); Alberto Osnago (Alberto.Osnago@wto.org); Michele Ruta(mruta@worldbank.org)

  • Access Options

    Bulk download

  • Attribution/citation

    Hofmann Claudia, Alberto Osnago and Michele Ruta, (2016). "Horizontal Depth: A New Database on the Content of Preferential Trade Agreements", mimeo, World Bank.

  • Coverage

    1958-2015