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Understanding global trade

Our insights and original research shine a light on global trade trends and issues through a balanced and objective perspective. We highlight the conditions for making trade more sustainable.

Call for research proposals

The Hinrich Foundation supports research projects and initiatives that advance understanding of global trade issues and support policy development. We invite researchers and organizations to submit proposals for research, which are considered twice during each calendar year.

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Trade topics

Sustainable trade

188 articles & resources | 66 experts

Trade should deliver mutually acceptable benefits between trading partners and achieve balanced economic, environmental and social outcomes. Explore our topical research, including our bi-annual Sustainable Trade Index, which looks at the readiness of 20 Indo-Pacific economies for sustainable trade.

US-China trade

156 articles & resources | 55 experts

The US-China trade war is one aspect of the intensifying US-China geopolitical rivalry. US-China trade tensions and their effect on global value chains will impact industry structures, investment, innovation and consumer welfare across the world. Explore topical research, including our book China, Trade and Power by Research Fellow Stewart Paterson.


78 articles & resources | 38 experts

Protectionism is on the rise, after decades of market opening and globalization. Understand the causes and effects of tariffs, quotas, export controls, trade sanctions, currency manipulation and other non-tariff measures on trade, globalization, competition and consumer welfare.