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TTIP, TPP, RCEP… How do Mega Trade Deals affect your Country?
Find out with the all new GED Fact Sheets!

  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE ALL NEW GED FACT SHEETS!   Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have been spreading across the global economy for the past 25 years (see our Data Visualization Tool FTA VIS). Recently we have been witnessing the emergence of mega-regional trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and […] More ...

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2016: A World still in Crisis Mode

Part two of our economic outlook for 2016 looks at which crises might still lay ahead of us and which uncertainty factors need considering when staying on the road to recovery. More ...


The Best of GED - 2015

It’s been a busy year here at GED writing about the worlds of economics, trade and politics. To celebrate, we’ve selected 15 of our best posts of 2015. More ...

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Germany: From “sick man of Europe” to “economic superstar”
What are the main reasons behind this development and what is the price of economic success

During the early years of the new millennium, Germany was considered to be the “sick man of Europe”, yet since then, it has become the strongest economy on the European continent. This article describes the main reasons behind this development and in doing so also dis-cusses the price of economic success. More ...

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The Crossroads: Colombia
Our third episode, The Crossroads: Colombia, considers a country with significant growth momentum, but facing a thorny peace process and a slumping global economy

The Crossroads video series from the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Global Economic Dynamics team focuses on these decisive moments for emerging markets. Our third episode, The Crossroads: Colombia, considers a country with significant growth momentum, but facing a thorny peace process and a slumping global economy. More ...

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Nobody Wins With BREXIT
Dynamic Welfare Effects of Brexit Negative for all 28 EU Countries

Since the threat of a Grexit has been averted for the time being, a possible exit of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) poses the next danger for European integration. In our study “Costs and benefits of a United Kingdom exit from the European Union” from April 2015, we analyzed the static effects of a Brexit. We were able to show that due to less cross-border trade activities all 28 EU countries would suffer from lower economic growth. Now we calculated the dynamic growth effects of a Brexit. Again, all 28 economies would be faced with lower growth rates. Growth losses would be even larger than in the case of static effects only More ...

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Die Pacific Pumas: Mexiko, Kolumbien, Peru und Chile

Study: The Pacific Pumas
An Opportunity of a Century

The Puma: A powerful, fast, agile and discreet animal. It is a fitting mascot for Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile. These four countries have taken great economic strides, and they are poised to emerge as regional leaders. Our new study highlights these opportunities. More ...

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Unpacking the Box: Rome Conference Opens Forum for TTIP Debate

TTIP has been in the works for two years now, but many feel the negotiations have lost both momentum and direction. To spark a more constructive debate, experts from across the political, social and business sectors met at the Rome Conference to share their perspectives at the TTIP. More ...

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Brazil & Mega-Trade Deals:
The Opportunity Cost of Opportunities Lost

A number of major economies in Latin America are not participating in the mega-deals. However, since the proposed agreements include many of their key trading partners, outsiders will still be effected. In this blog post, we have a look at how this could affect the region’s largest economy: Brazil. More ...

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The GED Team Presents: FTA VIS

Our new data visualization tool FTA VIS allows you to explore the evolution of free trade agreements all over the world. Learn how to use the tool here. More ...


The Crossroads: Argentina

The Crossroads is a new video series from the GED team that focuses on decisive moments for different economies. In our first episode we take a look at Argentina, a country facing turbulent economic conditions and an ongoing debt crisis just as it prepares for crucial presidential elections in October 2015. More ...

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The Crossroads: Cuba

As the US and Cuba reopen their embassies in each other's countries Cuba finds itself at a crossroads. Which path into the future will it follow? This is the second installment of the GED team's new video series "The Crossroads". More ...