New publications from OECD, June 2019

New OECD publications and statistics have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

Trade War: a G20 Truce in Sight?

The Economist Intelligence Unit will be offering a 30-minute webinar on 27 June 2019 on the them “Trade War: a G20 Truce in Sight?” Two speakers, Agathe Demarais (Director of Global Forecasting) and Cailin Birch (Global Economist) will discuss the ongoing trade war between China and the US and the possible outcomes of a side discussion between heads of state of both countries later this month during the G20 meeting.

Registration is required to attend and can be completed using the form available here:—USEMEA—Subscription-NB_Registration-Page.html

A full description of the webinar is as follows:

The ongoing trade war between the US and China has captured the headlines in recent weeks. In May the US increased existing tariffs of 10% on US$200bn worth of Chinese merchandise imports to duty rates of 25%, and China responded by raising its import tariffs on around US$60bn of US goods.

The stakes were raised again a few days later with a US proposal to apply additional tariffs across Chinese merchandise imports not yet covered by punitive tariffs, worth around US$300bn per year.

Against this backdrop, The Economist Intelligence Unit has come to the view that the most likely outcome of a planned meeting between US president Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, his Chinese counterpart, on the sidelines of the G20 meeting on June 28th-29th will be of a truce in tariffs escalation, probably until at least 2020.

But questions remain, such as:

    • Is a US-China trade deal still a realistic prospect, or will the two sides fail to reach a compromise?
    • Is the US going to take the first step towards de-escalation, or is the ball in China’s court?
    • What happens if no deal is inked, and what would this mean for global growth?

Economist Intelligence Unit is a resource available to WTO staff, Member State delegations, and WTO Library patrons, through a subscription managed by the WTO Library. If there are any questions about this or other Library resources, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Brazil: Boom, Bust, and Road to Recovery

IMF has recently published a new book, Brazil: Boom, Bust, & Road to Recovery, on economic conditions, development, growth, and policy in Brazil:

“Brazil is at crossroads, emerging slowly from a historic recession that was preceded by a huge economic boom. Reasons for the historic bust following a boom are manifold. Policy mistakes were an important contributory factor, and included the pursuit of countercyclical policies, introduced to deal with the effects of the global financial crisis, beyond the point where they were helpful. More fundamentally, it reflects longstanding structural weaknesses plaguing the economy, that also help explain Brazil’s uninspiring growth performance over the past four decades.”

The book is available here for consultation and download from the IMF eLibrary, with access facilitated by the WTO Library for WTO staff and library patrons.

OECD Economic Outlook 2019

OECD has launched the first 2019 issue of OECD Economic Outlook 2019, their twice-yearly analysis of world-wide economic trends and forecasts for the next two years.

The key take-aways from this first issue are identified as:

  • Global growth is stabilising at a low level
  • Key risks: trade tensions, China slowdown and high debt
  • Act now to boost opportunities

The full report can be found here, at the OECD iLibrary, accessible to WTO staff and patrons of the WTO Library.

Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide Cost of Living 2019

The Economist Intelligence Unit has published their annual report on worldwide cost of living.


In this year’s survey, it was determined the three countries share the title of the world’s most expensive city; but which cities are they? For the answer to this question and an in-depth comparison of more than 400 prices across 160 products and services and to see where your city ranks, read the full report.


The report is available from the Economist Intelligence Unit resource here, through a subscription facilitated by the WTO Library. If there are any problems opening or accessing this file, please contact for assistance.

New publications from OECD, May 2019

New OECD publications and statistics have been uploaded to the OECD iLibrary, a comprehensive digital repository of books, papers, and statistics from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Titles recently added include:

These volumes and more are accessible from the OECD iLibrary by WTO staff and WTO Library patrons.

Library acquisitions — May 2019

We are pleased to share our list of selected new acquisitions from May 2019. You can send your requests to

The list is also available on Library’s website: http://intranet/__resources/library/_en/new_for_you_new_books.html.

For continuous updates on the latest trade news, don’t forget to check out the “Latest in trade” RSS feed: http://intranet/en/resources/library/library.htm

Kind regards,

Your WTO Library Team

Covers Title, Authors/Editor details, WTO catalogue records email request links Previews
Belt and road : a Chinese world order / Bruno Maçães.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927598


The Cambridge handbook of technical standardization law : competition, antitrust, and patents / edited by Jorge L. Contreras.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927499


La chaîne de blocs peut-elle révolutionner le commerce international? / Emmanuelle Ganne.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927650


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Competition law / Richard Whish, David Bailey.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927518


Digital economies at global margins / edited by Mark Graham.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927610


Full text:
Institutional translation for international governance : enhancing quality in multilingual legal communication / edited by Fernando Prieto Ramos.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927516


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Intellectual property law : text, cases, and materials / Tanya Aplin and Jennifer Davis.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927490


The interaction between competition law and corporate governance : opening the ‘black box’ / Florence Thépot.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927543


Pueden las cadenas de bloques revolucionar el comercio internacional? / Emmanuelle Ganne.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927652


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Sustaining economic growth in Asia / [edited by] Jérémie Cohen-Setton, Thomas Helbling, Adam S. Posen, Changyong Rhee.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927555


Trade facilitation in the multilateral trading system : genesis, course and accord / Hao Wu.

WTO catalogue :|WTO-Marc|1927531




SDGs and OECD Countries: Measuring Progress

OECD has launched a new publication to assess how far OECD countries are from achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Measuring Distance to the SDG Targets 2019: An Assessment of Where OECD Countries Stand uses a methodology developed by the OECD based on UN SDG and OECD data to compare progress by OECD countries across SDG goals and targets.


The full report is available for review or download from the OECD website here:

New Issue of IMF’s Finance and Development: IMF at 75

IMF has just released the June 2019 issue of F&D Magazine, a special issue marking the IMF’s 75th anniversary. Articles in this issue “examine how the IMF should adapt and innovate to serve the needs of the evolving global economy.”

Articles are available at the IMF website here, for consultation individually or as a whole issue online or for download in PDF, for WTO staff and visitors to the WTO Library.