Productivity, Non-Tariff Measures and Openness (PRONTO)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


Over the past fifty years, there has been significant progress in lowering tariff barriers to international trade. With the rising importance of global sourcing, multinational enterprises and increased tradability of non-tangible products, Non-Tariff Measures (NTMs) have attracted growing attention from policy makers and academic scholars alike. Against this background, PRONTO aims to compile new data, develop better methodologies and increase our understanding of the impact of NTMs on international investment and trade. The proposed research project is divided into seven Work Packages (WPs). The first three provide the foundation for work in the project by consolidating existing and developing new NTM measures. The fourth WP acts as a bridge by establishing a methodological framework for using these measures in estimations and policy analysis. The fifth and sixth WPs use this framework and the new NTM indicators to consider the effect of NTMs on a variety of social and economic outcomes, providing both useful estimations for policy and a framework for future academic exploration of NTMs. The final WP focuses on dissemination of the data, methodologies, and results of the other six WPs.


February 2014 - January 2018


wiiw team Leader

Robert Stehrer

wiiw Staff

Mahdi Ghodsi, Veronika Janyrova, Simona Jokubauskaite, Johannes Pöschl

Project Partners


Keywords: Non-tariff measures; international trade; safety and environmental regulations; local content requirements; international taxation; income inequality; technological development; poverty reduction

Countries covered: EU-28, European Union, The World

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI