This database provides detailed information on the content of a subsample of 18 policy areas that are most often addressed in a series of 283 agreements currently notified to the WTO between 1958 and 2017. For each agreement, the database includes the above-mentioned substantive objectives and obligations, as well as aspects of transparency, procedures and implementation. This database represents the most important efforts in terms of policy coverage and information granularity in each area. This database is the result of collaboration with experts from different fields of action from the scientific community and other international organizations such as the OECD, UNCTAD and the WTO. To assess the content of trade agreements, the following data sets have been established: Nadia Rocha is the senior economist in macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2016, Nadia worked for five years in the Department of Economic Research and Statistics at the World Trade Organization. In 2015, she was seconded to the Colombian Ministry of Commerce as Senior Trade Advisor. Nadia has a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, an MA in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and a BA in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Their current work focuses on regionalism, trade costs, global value chains, trade and sex. Robert W.
Staiger is a Roth Family Professor of Art and Science and Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. Professor Staiger received his A.B from Williams College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1985. From 1985 to 1991, he was an assistant professor of economics at Stanford University and was promoted to Associate Professor at Stanford in 1991. In 1993, Staiger joined the Department of Economics at the University of Wisconsin, where he remained until his return to Stanford in 2006 to become a holbrook working professor in Commodity Price Studies at the Department of Economics. In 2011, he joined the Wisconsin Department of Economy as a Stockwell Professor of Economics and joined Dartmouth as a Roth Family Distinguished Visiting Scholar during the 2013-14 academic year and joined the Department of Economy in Dartmouth in the fall of 2014.