Open Economies

Our work on Open Economies shows the importance of competitive and well-regulated markets in lifting the next three billion people out of poverty, by facilitating trade, attracting investment, and generating sustainable growth


Global Index of Economic Openness

The Economic Openness programme aims to provide the international community with a tool to identify and tackle economic inequality. The Global Index ranks more than 150 countries’ openness to commerce, assessing the environment that enables or hinders their ability to trade both domestically and internationally. As part of this programme we are also publishing a series of in-depth country case studies analysing their performance in the key characteristics of openness to trade, investment, ideas, competition, and talent.

The Global Index of Economic Openness is led by Dr Stephen Brien and advised by some of the world’s foremost economists and trade experts.

The World Ahead: India and China

As India and China rise, the potential shift in power from West to East would coincide with rapid, seismic changes in demography and technology which promise to transform today’s international order. These fundamental changes require us to reconsider our long-term engagement with India and China, and what this means for our current approaches to both nations.

Led by Sir Oliver Letwin, the World Ahead programme focuses on how the wider world can best work with these countries to create a new international architecture that can transform the lives of billions, end widespread poverty, and foster a new era of stability and prosperity.