Research Interests: My research activities cover issues related to international trade, foreign direct investment, mergers and acquisitions, and migration. My current and past work in these fields looked at the role of trade costs, infrastructure, and institutions in economic integration; the issue of home bias and non-tariff barriers, the importance of trade preferences, multilateral trade liberalization; rules of origin, and regional economic integration in Europe, network effects.


publications & working papers 


"Brain Drain with FDI Gain? Factor Mobility between Eastern and Western Europe", Review of International Economics, (forthcoming), with Gianfranco De Simone)

"Import Prices, Income, and Inequality ",  European Economic Review,  Volume 56, Issue 4, May 2012, p. 848-869, with Eddy Bekkers and Joseph Francois

 "Border Effects in the Enlarged EU Area. Evidence from Imports to Applicant Countries ", Applied Economics, Volume 41, Issue 14, June 2009 , p. 1835 - 1854, with Anna Maria Pinna

"Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions and the Role of Trade Costs ", European Economic Review,  Volume 52, Issue 5, July 2008, p.849-866, with Alexander Hijzen and Holger Görg

"Clothes without an Emperor: Analysis of the preferential tariffs in ASEAN ",  Journal of Asian Economics, Volume 19, Issue 3, June 2008, p. 213-223, with Annette O. Pelkmans-Balaoing

"Preference Erosion and Multilateral Trade Liberalization," The World Bank Economic Review, Vol. 20, Issue 2, pp. 197-216, 2006, with Joseph F. Francois and Bernard Hoekman.

"Preference Utilisation and Tariff Reduction in EU Imports from ACP Countries," The World Economy, Vol. 29, No. 9, pp. 1243-1266, September 2006.

"Making EU Trade Agreements Work: The Role of Rules of Origin," The World Economy, Vol. 26, pp. 755-769, May 2003, with Paul Brenton.


Contributions to Edited Volumes

External trade policy (joint with Ali El-Agraa) in Ali El-Agraa, ‘The European Union, Economics and Policies’, 9th Edition, Cambridge University Press, 2011

Regional Integration in Asia: The Role of Infrastructure (joint with Joseph Francois, and Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing in Joseph Francois, Pradumna B. Rana, and Ganeshan Wignaraja (editors, Pan-Asian Integration: Linking East and South Asia, Anthem Press, 2009)

Making EU Trade Agreements Work: The Role of Rules of Origin (joint with Paul Brenton, 2007, in Bernard Hoekman, Çaglar Özden (editor), Trade Preferences and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries, Edward Elgar Publishing, London, 2007)

Rules of Origin and the Web of East Asian Free Trade Agreements (joint with Annette O. Pelkmans-Balaoing, 2007, in Preferential Rules of Origin, World Bank Policy Research Report)

The European experience of economic integration (joint with Paul Brenton, 2004, in Sidney Weintraub, Alan Rugman and Gavin Boyd (editors), Free Trade in the Americas: Economic and Political Issues for Governments and Firms, Edward Elgar Publishing, London, 2004)

Working Papers

Economic Impact of a Potential Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and the Commonwealth of the Independent States (joint with Joseph Francois),  IIDE discussion paper 200908-05,  2009

Trade Impact Assessment (Trade SIA) of an EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (joint with Joseph Francois, Hanna Norberg, and Annette Pelkmans-Balaoing), IIDE discussion paper 200908-01, 2009

Brain Drain with FDI Gain? Factor Mobility between Eastern and Western Europe (joint with Gianfranco De Simone), Centro Studi Luca D’Agliano Development Studies Working Papers, N. 255, June 2008

Trade Impact Assessment of an EU-India Free Trade Agreemen (joint with Joseph Francois, Hanna Norberg), IIDE discussion paper 200806-01, 2008

Rules of Origin and the Web of East Asian Free Trade Agreements (joint with Annette O. Pelkmans-Balaoing ), World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No 4273, July 2007

Institutions, infrastructure, and trade (joint with Joseph Franois), World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series 4152, 2007

Clothes Without an Emperor: Analysis of the Preferential Tariffs in ASEAN (joint with Annette O. Pelkmans-Balaoing), Centro Studi Luca d'Agliano Development Studies Working Paper No. 223, 2007

Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions and the Role of Trade Costs (joint with  Alexander Hijzen and Holger Gorg) University of Nottingham Research Paper Series No. 2005/17, 2005

The economic effects of a Russia-EU FTA , Tinbergen Working Paper 2004-131/2, 2004

Determinants of European Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions , European Economy, Economic Papers No. 212, European Commission. Brussels, 2004

Border effects in the enlarged EU area (joint with Anna Maria Pinna) Centre for North South Economic Research, University of Cagliari and Sassari, Sardinia in its series Working Paper CRENoS with number 200301, 2003

Trade Policy Issues for the Euro-Med Partnership (joint with Paul Brenton), CEPS Middle East Working Paper No. 7, May 2003