The Centre for the Analysis of Regional Integration at Sussex (CARIS) was established in 2006 and conducts research in all areas related to regional integration - feasibility, scope and effect both in developed and developing countries. Its main aim is to examine the impact of regional trade agreements and preferences on the economies involved in the agreements, those excluded, and also on the interaction between such preferential arrangements and the multilateral trading system.
CARIS' members have a long standing international reputation in the areas of international trade, trade policy analysis and trade and development. That international reputation stems from the activities and work carried at Department of Economics and Sussex European Institute as well as the University’s sister institution, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS).
The main features of CARIS are:
- the analytical capability and expertise necessary to engage in the envisaged research projects. CARIS has a thorough knowledge of international economics and its application in a range of contexts. This stems from many years of research, teaching and policy advice.
- A deep knowledge and understanding of the institutional – EU and WTO – context in which trade policy is formulated.
- A proven technical capacity to engage in trade policy modelling using a range of methods.
- Considerable experience in managing large projects involving teams from different institutions and countries, and from a range of funding bodies including the EC, DFID, as well as other donor agencies.
- Experience in organising conferences, workshops and training courses on wide range of issues related to trade.
CARIS has developed a systematic framework for the evaluation of Regional Trade Agreement named the "Sussex Framework"
These have been enhanced by the partnership between CARIS and InterAnalysis, a company established on the University campus to produce software (TradeSift) for the analysis of trade policy issues and to provide training course built around this, currently funded by DFID.
CARIS economists on the Greek economy
CARIS economists have just written a note on the Greek economy using the TradeSift software.
It analyses the change in trade flows from 2007 to 2011 and finds that austerity has not led to an improvement in Greek competitiveness. Apart from a somewhat unrepresentative rise in petroleum exports, the improvement in the current account balance is due overwhelmingly to a fall in imports
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