Who am I?
I am Erik van der Marel, a Senior Economist at the European Center for International Political Economy, or ECIPE, in Brussels. My main areas of expertise are in services trade, trade in data, the political economy of services, Russia’s trading patterns, plus the connection between total factor productivity (TFP) and regulation. I am also doing policy research and teaching in trade for developing countries.
My research has been concentrated on empirical analyses such as the sources of services trade patterns, productivity and comparative advantage, but also on trade policy issues such as regulation in services and product markets, the GATS, and NTBs in developing countries. Currently, I am undertaking a lot of research in digital trade and trade in so-called 'data'.
Prior to my appointment at ECIPE, I was lecturing at the London School of Economics where I taught International Political Economy and The Political Economy of International Trade at post-graduate level, both lectures and seminars. Before working at the LSE, I was a Research Fellow at the Groupe d’Économie Mondiale (GEM) institute in Paris at Sciences-Po.
In the past, I also gained various professional experiences as a consultant for the European Commission (DG Internal Market and Financial Services), the OECD and APEC as well as being a visiting researcher at the World Bank in Washington DC. Furthermore, I also worked for one year as a strategic research analyst at the Euronext-NYSE stock exchange. At the moment, I have been working since almost three years as a consultant for the World Bank office in Washington DC for the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice.
I received my PhD in international economics from Sciences-Po in Paris under the supervision of Professor Patrick Messerlin and Bernard Hoekman, specializing in the links between regulation and productivity, comparative advantage in services, and the heterogeneous trade effects of services regulation. I also hold an MSc in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and an MA in European Politics from the College of Europe in Bruges.
My current work includes working on global value chains related to services for the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice department. Other trade policy work for the World Bank focuses on Romania's ICT production, China’s GVC integration and Turkey’s services trade competitiveness using firm-level data.
At ECIPE, I am developing with my very nice colleagues a database that covers the regulatory cost factors of data transfers across borders. In this project, I am responsible for developing an index covering all these data-related measures.
Read more here about my thoughts on trade, economics, technology and Brussels on my blog called Bruxenomics!