This website reports analysis and modeling results on trade policy options in the Asia-Pacific region.  Our research team includes Peter A. PetriMichael G. Plummer and Fan Zhai and occasionally other co-authors. We report results and analysis in our capacities as independent researchers; our views do not necessarily reflect those of the institutions with which we are affiliated.

What’s new? 

This website continues to be updated. The current Publications section includes a recent paper that explores the 11-member CPTPP and a 16-member version of the CPTPP that would include five other economies. The Opinion section includes several recent opeds. The Media coverage section  also includes new press references .

Model history

The empirical results reported on this site are derived with a simulation model built in 2012 and updated in 2016. (One version of this model is fully available on the Peterson Institute website.) We gratefully acknowledge support along the way from the East-West Center, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the Asia-Pacific Center of the Brandeis International Business School, and, for specific projects from The World Bank and the UN  Development Program.

Most early applications of this work focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, but also covered the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP).  Since the United States left the TPP in 2017, the work has shifted to the new Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement and more recent versions of RCEP.

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