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Erik van der Marel

Email: erik.vandermarel@ecipe.org

Office: +32 (0) 2 289 1350 Mobile: +32 (0) 499 053 104

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Areas of Expertise: EU Trade Agreements Services Digital Economy WTO and Globalization Russia & Eurasia

Erik van der Marel

Erik van der Marel is a Senior Economist at ECIPE. His areas of expertise are in services trade and political economy of services trade policy, Russia’s trading patterns, plus total factor productivity (TFP) and regulation including trade policy in developing countries. His research has been concentrated on empirical issues such as analyzing patterns of services trade economics, productivity and comparative advantage, but also on trade policy such as regulation, the GATS, PTAs, and NTBs in developing countries.

Prior to his appointment at ECIPE, Erik was lecturing at the London School of Economics where he taught International Political Economy and The Political Economy of International Trade at post-graduate level. Before the LSE he was a Research Fellow at the Groupe d’Économie Mondiale (GEM) institute in Paris at Sciences-Po. In the past, Erik also gained various professional experiences as a consultant at the European Commission (DG Internal Market) OECD, APEC and as visiting researcher the World Bank. Furthermore, he has also worked for one year at the Euronext-NYSE stock exchange as a strategic research analyst.

Erik received his PhD in international economics from Sciences-Po Paris under the supervision of Professor Patrick Messerlin and Bernard Hoekman, specializing in links between regulation and productivity, comparative advantage in services, and the heterogeneous trade effects of services regulation.

His current work includes developing the Services Trade Competitiveness Diagnostic Toolkit for the World Bank’s Trade Department for which he also constructed empirically a tradability index for services for trade policy makers. Other recent trade policy work for the World Bank currently focuses on Bulgaria, Russia and Pakistan. Erik has been teaching trade at the ULB since 2014.

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  • New Globalization

    Globalization Isn’t in Decline: It’s Changing

    By: Erik van der Marel 

    Globalization isn’t in decline; it is simply changing. Although the COVID-19 crisis has seen a dramatic decline in goods trade, investments and the movement of people, a new type of globalization is emerging. This “new globalization” is based on digital services, research and development, data, ideas, and other intangibles. This development has been going on for a while and has evolved more rapidly after the previous global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008-9....

  • ECIPE Working Papers

    Shifting into Digital Services: Does a Crisis Matter and for Who?

    By: Erik van der Marel 

    How do trade patterns change after an external shock such as an economic crisis, and is this shift structural? This paper uses a Difference-in-Difference (DID) approach to investigate whether services trade became more digital after the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008. It finds that the GFC formed an independent break from the previous period that turned services trade to become more digital – although there are signs that this somewhat already happened...

  • DTE Project

    Patterns of Trade Restrictiveness in Online Platforms: A First Look

    By: Martina F. Ferracane Erik van der Marel 

    This paper develops a digital platform restrictiveness index for 64 countries based on ECIPE’s Digital Trade Estimates (DTE) database and the Digital Trade Restrictiveness Index (DTRI). We identify specific restrictions that affect online platforms with a focus on online search, e-commerce and social media. The results show that both OECD and non-OECD countries show high levels of trade restrictions on online platforms. Moreover, some of the most restricted...

  • DTE Project

    Do Data Policy Restrictions Inhibit Trade in Services?

    By: Martina F. Ferracane Erik van der Marel 

    This paper examines whether restrictive data policies impact trade in services over the internet. We have collected comparable information on a variety of policy measures that regulate data for a wide group of countries for the years 2006-2016. This information is compiled in a weighted index that assesses the restrictiveness of these countries’ data policies. We distinguish between policies regulating the cross-border movement of data and policies regulating the...

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