Design of Trade Agreements (DESTA) Database

Mapping international trade agreements and exploring causes and effects.


Project description

DESTA is a collaborative research project. It aims to collect systematic data on the design of preferential trade agreements that have been signed since 1945. In 2017, DESTA won the Best New Dataset Award of the International Political Economy Societymore

Desta Team

The Team

The project was launched by Leonardo Baccini (McGill), Andreas Dür (University of Salzburg), Manfred Elsig (University of Bern), and Karolina Milewicz (Oxford University). more


Data Downloads

DESTA provides information on general features and specific commitments in PTAs. We regularly update our database. Please click here for direct access to DESTA. more

Get more information

The DESTA project is funded in an initial phase by the NCCR Trade Regulation, a 12-year research programme financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The leading house is the World Trade Institute, University of Bern. For more information, please contact us.