The new model aims to advance agrifood trade policy assessments in several ways. The first step will be to improve the theoretical foundations and methodologies of partial and general equilibrium models in trade analysis. Based on evidence at the micro level, the project will also improve the understanding and modelling of the impacts of trade agreements in order to identify winners and losers at different levels (Member states or regions) and for different segments of economic agents. Aspects of the distribution of employment, health and working conditions, as well as sustainable development goals, will be taken into account. Finally, the inclusion of the results of econometric estimates into the existing simulation models used by the European Commission will allow a better analysis of the effects of future trade policies.
A platform for European decision-makers
The establishment of a BATModel platform for the modelling of agrifood trade will add new tools to current analysis methods, in particular the simulation models used by the European Commission for the study of 21st century agrifood trade issues. BATModel will provide a new generation of business models to help the Commission, policy-makers and other stakeholders better take into account methodological issues such as zero flows in trade or those more specific to the agrifood sector, such as non-tariff measures, geographical indications, quality differentiation and global value chains. BATModel is a modular platform which will make it possible to use project results in the future and ensure a long-term impact on society.
Involve stakeholders and share results widely
The BATModel approach is designed to share the approaches and results of the project with research communities, and to involve public decision-makers, the private sector, NGOs and the general public in a process of co-designing case studies, identifying policy priorities and disseminating results.
A BATModel stakeholder platform will ensure close interaction with everyone involved, to deliver and disseminate analyses and make results easily usable.
Coordination: Karine Latouche, INRAE, SMART-LERECO
Teams involved in the project
Total cost: €5 M
Calendar: 4 years from September 2020
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