Globalization, Investment, and Services Trade - GIST

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 7th Framework Programme


This research network was focused on international trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in the service sectors and aimed at integrating researchers within the network with the policy community (World Bank, WTO, Government ministries). The focus of research in the network was: (i) Theory of cross-border trade and FDI, (ii) Trade, regulatory interaction, and the political economy of integration, and (iii) Empirics of trade and FDI interactions. The project was undertaken under the premise that services were of great interest and importance to both policy-makers and businesses in Europe, and were a major factor in maintaining European growth and competitiveness over the coming decades. The network was coordinated by Joseph F. Francois (University of Linz, Austria and wiiw).


September 2008 - August 2012


wiiw team Leader

Joseph F. Francois

wiiw Staff

Joseph F. Francois, Magdalena Höllhuber, Michael Landesmann, Olga Pindyuk

Project Partners

Centre for Economic Policy Research, Copenhagen Economics, Central Planning Bureau the Hague, The World Bank, World Trade Organisation, Columbia University Law School

Keywords: Foreign direct investment, International trade

Countries covered: The World

Research Areas: International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI