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Dataset Description and Methodology

To assess the content of deep trade agreements the following datasets have been created:

1. Deep Trade Agreements database 1.0 (horizontal depth)

This dataset maps the coverage of 52 selected policy areas in 400 PTAs notified at WTO signed between 1958 and 2023. It also includes information about legal enforceability of each policy area. This dataset captures the extensive margin of the content of Deep trade agreements.The latest version of the data includes 400 PTAs signed between 1958 and 2023.

Suggested Citation: Hofmann Claudia, Alberto Osnago and Michele Ruta, (2017). "Horizontal Depth: A New Database on the Content of Preferential Trade Agreements". Policy Research working paper; no. WPS 7981. Washington, D.C: World Bank Group.

2. Deep Trade Agreements database 2.0 (vertical depth)

This database provides detailed information on the content of a sub-sample of eighteen policy areas most frequently covered in a set of 400 agreements currently notified to the WTO between 1958 and 2023. For each agreement, the database covers the stated objectives and substantive commitments, as well as aspects relating to transparency, procedures and enforcement. This database represents the most comprehensive effort in terms of the coverage of policy areas and the granularity of information within each area. This database is the result of collaboration with experts in different policy areas from academia and from other international organizations such as the ITC, OECD, UNCTAD, and WTO. The latest version of the data includes 400 PTAs signed between 1958 and 2023.

Suggested citation for the Handbook of Deep Trade Agreements:
Mattoo, Aaditya; Rocha, Nadia; Ruta, Michele. 2020. Handbook of Deep Trade Agreements. Washington, DC: World Bank.

Suggested citation for specific chapters:
Author(s) Last name(s), first name(s). 2020, “Chapter title”, in A. Mattoo, N. Rocha, M. Ruta (eds.), Handbook of Deep Trade Agreements, Washington, DC: World Bank.