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Suparna Karmakar

Suparna Karmakar

Suparna Karmakar is an Indian citizen and a Marie Curie fellow at Bruegel from 2 May 2013 to 1 August 2014.

Her research interests include the multilateral trade negotiations versus regionalism, regulatory barriers and technical standards impeding multilateral and regional trade in goods and services, and market access (including trade facilitation) policy and negotiation issues arising therefrom. At Bruegel she will work on the future of trade multilateralism and the changing role of WTO as the premier multilateral trade negotiating forum.

Suparna holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi. In India Suparna has worked in renowned trade research institutes like the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS), IIFT, while her international engagements have been as visiting fellow with the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore (2009) and the ADB Institute, Tokyo (2010). Suparna has also worked as a Consultant on various Government of India-commissioned projects on preferential and multilateral service trade liberalisation, non-tariff barriers and other regulatory restrictions for market access in manufactured goods and services.

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Book

EU to DO 2015-2019: Memos to the new EU leadership

EU to DO 2015-2019

Memos to the new EU leadership.

By: André Sapir, Guntram B. Wolff, Zsolt Darvas, Silvia Merler, Nicolas Véron, Mario Mariniello, Carlo Altomonte, Reinhilde Veugelers, Rainer Münz, Suparna Karmakar, Georg Zachmann and Jim O‘Neill Topic: Energy & Climate, European Macroeconomics & Governance, Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 3, 2014
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India torpedoes the Bali Trade Facilitation deal

Citing concerns over food security, after a Cabinet meeting headed by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, India reportedly decided against signing onto the trade facilitation protocol that was agreed upon at the WTO’s the Ninth Ministerial Conference at Bali.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: July 29, 2014
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Working Paper

Rulemaking in Super-RTAs: Implications for China and India

Rulemaking in Super-RTAs: Implications for China and India

How super-RTAs may emerge as game changers in the multilateral trading system as promulgated by the WTO, and the implications for China and India

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: March 10, 2014
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The protectionist dog that didn’t bark

Many trade safeguard actions have essentially protectionist and political motivations. Thus, the absence of sustained lobbying from the leading German solar manufacturing firms in the EU-China solar panels case was rather surprising.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Energy & Climate, Global Economics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 8, 2014
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Life after Bali

Negotiating round the clock, World Trade Organisation (WTO) members successfully concluded an agreement on a mini-package at Bali MC9, on a package of issues designed to streamline trade, allow developing countries more options for providing food security, and boosting least developed countries’ trade and development. 

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: January 8, 2014
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Bruegel year in review - 2013

Bruegel Director Guntram Wolff looks back at 2013 to summarize the think-tank’s contributions to the main policy debates of the year.

By: André Sapir, Guntram B. Wolff, Georg Zachmann, Jean Pisani-Ferry, Karen E. Wilson, Mario Mariniello, Reinhilde Veugelers, Suparna Karmakar and Zsolt Darvas Topic: Energy & Climate, European Macroeconomics & Governance, Finance & Financial Regulation, Global Economics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 20, 2013
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The WTO is back in business

Suparna Karmakar, a Visiting Scholar at Bruegel, evaluates the outcome of the WTO’s conference in Bali and talks about the future of global trade talks. The WTO should now aim to create another set of deliverables that focus on development and are the end game of the Doha round.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: December 10, 2013
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Policy Contribution

Life after Bali: renewing the world trade negotiating agenda

Life after Bali: renewing the world trade negotiating agenda

The crisis has contributed to a slowdown in global trade volumes, with trade virtually stagnant in the twelve months to July 2013. In this context, fruitful negotiations in the World Trade Organisation’s 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali are crucial to sustain the institution’s credibility and prove that multilateral negotiations can still deliver success.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: December 4, 2013
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Policy Contribution

Prospects for regulatory convergence under TTIPHouse of Lords

Prospects for regulatory convergence under TTIP

This Policy Contribution was prepared for the European Union Committee's inquiry into the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. Regulatory harmonisation under TTIP may not lead to emerging markets automatically upgrading to the higher TTIP standards. Domestic priorities and the high demand from a rising price-sensitive group of consumers will likely result in a dual regulatory regime in emerging markets in the medium-term.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Global Economics & Governance, House of Lords Date: November 4, 2013
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The future of world trade negotiations

Much will depend on the credible threat of ‘economically meaningful discriminatory outcome’ that the new mega-regionals can actually create.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: September 5, 2013
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Is the WTO still relevant?

Anticipating her upcoming publication, Visiting Fellow Suparna Karmakar discusses the relevance of the World Trade Organization in light of recent bilateral free trade negotiations.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: July 15, 2013
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EU farm reforms and slaying the ghosts of Doha

In a recent development, and as a major step towards consensus on reforms to the more than 50 billion euro-a-year farm policy, EU negotiators provisionally agreed (awaiting final approval of the European Parliament and member states) that up to 30 percent of current direct subsidy payments to large farms will henceforth be conditional on farmers' taking steps to improve their environmental performance, including leaving 5 percent of their arable land fallow as a haven for wildlife.

By: Suparna Karmakar Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: July 10, 2013
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