international trade, economic integration and development.
Among the questions that Maria Persson tries to answer with her research:
- Why is it that most international trade flows die very quickly, while some survive?
- How does the European Union’s trade policy towards low and middle income countries affect these countries’ exports in terms of volumes and export diversification?
- Are international flows of trade and foreign direct investments affected by red tape at the border?
Trade Preferences from a Policy Perspective
Maria Persson's research focuses on international trade and how various costs affect the size and structure of this trade. She mainly studies trade between the European Union (EU) and the rest of the world. Among other things, Maria Persson has assessed how the EU’s trade policy toward low- and middle-income countries affect these countries’ exports to the EU. She has also studied how cumbersome trade procedures at international borders influence not only the size of the traded volumes, but also how many and which goods that are traded internationally.
Maria Perssons current research is focused on the duration of trade: How can we explain that some trade flows die quickly, while others survive?