Globalization and Sustainable Development Program
Since 1999, the Global Development and Environment Institute’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program has examined the social and environmental impacts of economic integration in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on NAFTA and the WTO. The goal of the program is to identify policies and international agreements that foster sustainable development. In addition to cross-cutting work on Mexico under NAFTA, the program’s work is divided into three broad areas:
New Models for Global Economic Governance: How might proposed trade agreements such as the WTO’s Doha Round affect social and environmental conditions in the nations that become party to them?
GDAE has four projects in this area: critiquing economic models of the gains from trade; working to create more policy space for industrial development in global economic governance; US agricultural policies
in a global economy; and intellectual property and public health.
Industrial Development: To what extent do current proposals for economic integration foster sustainable industrial development? This research is divided into three areas: foreign direct investment, China in Latin America, and the environment.
Rural Development: GDAE research illuminates the ways in which global economic integration must be managed to serve the needs
of the larger society, including rural communities. Further collaborative research focuses on policies that can revalue peasant agricultural production in the context of globalization. GDAE also examines the contribution of U.S. agricultural policies to farmers' livelihoods
Collaborative work on Latin America:
Working Group on Development and Environment in the Americas:
GDAE initiated the Working Group on Development and Environment in
the Americas in 2004, bringing together economic researchers from several countries in the Americas to evaluate the social and environmental impacts of economic liberalization. The goal is to contribute empirical research and analysis to the ongoing policy debates on national
economic development strategies and international trade. The Working Group has completed three projects, each resulting in a policy report and other publications (see below). A fourth project, on intellectual property,
is in the planning stages. Published reports:
The Global Development and Environment Institute’s Globalization and Sustainable Development Program examines the economic, social and environmental impacts of economic integration in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the WTO and NAFTA's lessons for trade and development policy. The goal of the program is to identify policies and international agreements that foster sustainable development.