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Workshop: Impact Evaluation of Trade-Related Policy Interventions: Paving the Way

Video Recording of the EventPart 1  |  Part 2 
(Due to the technical difficulties, in the Part 1 for the first 5 - 6 minutes there is no audio.

Sponsors: Co-organized by the World Bank (Aaditya Mattoo, Ana M. Fernandes, Alberto Portugal, Olivier Cadot, and Julien Gourdon) and the Swiss National Center for Competence in Research. 

Description: The focus of trade policy and the Bank's work has shifted away from economy-wide tariffs and trade restrictions to focused interventions to facilitate trade and enhance "trade competitiveness."  But there is still a dearth of evidence on what works, where, how and why.   This one-day workshop will discuss potential applications of Impact Evaluation (IE) to trade-related interventions, drawing upon experience in other areas (labor, education, health). The workshop will include sessions on trade competitiveness/export promotion, trade facilitation and logistics, and aid for trade at the macro level.  The workshop welcomes the participation operational staff and researchers from the World Bank and outside.

Participation in the workshop requires registration. To register for the workshop please send an email to Michelle Chester at by Friday December 3, 2010.


9:00 - 9:15 Opening remarks by Justin Lin, World Bank Chief Economist

9:15 - 10:00

Impact Evaluation of Trade-Related Policy Interventions: Paving the Way”

  • Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank
  • Ana M. Fernandes, World Bank
  • Olivier Cadot, World Bank
Session 1: Trade Competitiveness and Export Promotion

10:00 - 10:25

“Assessing the Impacts of Trade Promotion Interventions: Where Do We Stand?” 

10:25 - 10:50 

Evaluating Export Market Access Fund using Stratification and Matching”

  • Julien Gourdon, World Bank
  • Siddharth Sharma, World Bank
11:05 - 11:30

“Evaluating Export Facilitation Programs Using Randomized Control Trials”

  • Amit Khandelwal, Columbia University
  • David Atkin, Yale University
11:30 - 12:45

Panel discussion on impact evaluation of trade competitiveness and export promotion - what is the demand for evaluation and what is feasible? Views from operations and from research


  • Jean-Michel Marchat, World Bank
  • Alvaro Gonzalez, World Bank
  • Tara Vishwanath, World Bank
  • David McKenzie, World Bank
Session 2: Trade Facilitation and Logistics 

1:00 - 1:45

“Transport Costs and Firm Behavior”

1:45 - 2:10

“A New Approach to Customs Reforms in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Cameroon Performance Contracts Initiative” 

2:10 - 2:20

"Ideas for Randomized Controlled Trials of Trade Facilitation Projects”

2:20 - 3:35

Panel discussion on impact evaluation of trade facilitation and logistics - What is the Demand for Evaluation and What is Feasible? Views from operations and from research


  • Hamid Alavi, World Bank
  • Rashmi Shankar, World Bank
  • Guido Porto, Universidad de La Plata
  • Sebastian Galiani, Washington University

Session 3: Aid for Trade at the Aggregate Level

3:50 - 4:15

“Evaluating Aid for Trade: Current Practices and Approaches” 

4:15 - 4:40

“Aid-for-Trade and Export Performance: The Case of Aid in Services”

4:40 - 5:30

Panel discussion on evaluation of aid for trade

  • Ann Harrison, World Bank

5:30 - 5:45Wrap-up - where to go from here?"



For Information: Michelle S. L. Chester

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