Sectors, Trade & Competitiveness

Trade has been a key driver in the growth in prosperity over the last few decades. By opening markets up to new suppliers and forcing firms to innovate in order to remain competitive, it leads to improvements in the quality, cost and range of goods and services on offer.

But the nature and context for trade has changed. Spurred on by technological innovation, modern supply chains are international and highly fragmented, and services can be more readily traded. Not everyone has benefited from the shift in traditional trade patterns. The rationale for free trade, and free trade itself, is being challenged.

Navigating this complexity is challenging but we have a long track record of analysing how sectors perform and interact.  We analyse trade, competitiveness and sector performance and make sense of the complexity to allow you to make, or influence, better decisions.

Some challenging questions we can help you answer:

Our Sectors, Trade & Competitiveness work

UK jobs dependent on links to China

There has been strong growing importance to the UK economy from trade, tourism and higher education links with China in recent years, and estimated that there are over 100,000 jobs in the UK that are supported by links to China.

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Cambridge-Norwich Technology Corridor

The Cambridge-Norwich Technology Corridor (CNTC) Consortium commissioned Cambridge Econometrics to provide a detailed economic appraisal of the potential growth of the corridor area. The project proceeded through several stages, including both data analysis and significant sta...

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Economic impacts of an energy from waste facility

Economic impacts of a new energy from waste facility assessed the economic contribution of Amey’s proposed waste management plant at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire. It assessed how the direct footprint of the site creates value added and jobs through supply chains, both in the l...

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EU carbon leakage list post-2020

Cambridge Econometrics supported the European Commission to determine the post-2020 Carbon Leakage List. The Carbon Leakage List contains a number of (sub-)sectors which are deemed to face the risk of carbon leakage due to the EU Emission Trading System (ETS). This is signi...

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Macroeconomic impact of stranded fossil fuel assets

Macroeconomic impact of stranded fossil fuel assets, a major global study finds that rates of technological change in energy efficiency and renewable power are likely to cause a sudden drop in demand for fossil fuels, with major implications for the global economy. The study, ...

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Competitiveness impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors to 2030

Competitiveness impacts of carbon policies on UK energy-intensive industrial sectors to 2030 aimed to support the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) with its ongoing assessment of the impact of low carbon policies on energy prices and bills. The study also looked at the comp...

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The socio-economic impact of the Copernicus space programme

We developed a methodology to estimate the GDP impact of space activities in Europe for DG GROW of the European Commission.

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Oil market futures

The European Climate Foundation asked us to investigate the economic effects of reducing transport-related CO2 emissions.

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The Aerospace Technology Institute: evaluation scoping study

We developed a monitoring system with KPIs to evaluate the impact of the funding programmes of the UK’s Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI).

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The economic impact of modern retail on the EU food sector

This was a major project for the European Commission, led by Ernst & Young.

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