Trade policy can have profound impacts on the allocation of economic activity across sectors, as well as welfare implications at the national level. Governments, policy analysts, and stakeholders all need detailed information on the ways in which proposed changes—such as joining or leaving a trade agreement—can impact national economies.

Developing Trade Consultants and its Principal, Dr. Ben Shepherd, use cutting edge econometric models to assess the economic implications of trade policies. Although these models are necessarily complex, we are adept at explaining their operation and outputs in a way that is accessible to a wide range of readers. Assessment of the trade and welfare effects of trade agreements, as well as their implications for value chain development, is a particular area of specialization.