Vera Chaudhuri is enrolled in an international Master program in Development Economics and International Studies at University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Political Science from University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and the Institut d'Études Politiques de Strasbourg, France. Having interned at the German Embassy to Canada and at the German Development Bank, she is interested in innovative international approaches to current economic, environmental and social challenges.
Policy analysis in the fields of Environmental Economics and Development Economics
Morin, JF, V Chaudhuri, and M. Gauquelin, 2018, "Do Trade Deals Encourage Environmental Cooperation?" DIE Briefing Paper 8
This briefing paper discusses how provisions on environmental cooperation in trade agreements can contribute to better environmental outcomes. It is frequently assumed that the more enforceable environmental commitments are, the more likely governments are to take action to protect the environment. This assumption leads several experts to argue in favour of strong sanction-based mechanisms of dispute settlement in order to ensure the implementation of trade agreements’ environmental provisions. Nevertheless, there is evidence to suggest that softer provisions can result in increased environmental cooperation, which can in turn favour domestic environmental protection. To shed light on this debate, this paper examines the design and the implementation of cooperative environmental provisions of trade agreements.