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Arne Melchior’s research areas include international trade and global development; trade policy and international economic institutions; international inequality; geographical economics and regional development; Asia, India and China. Ph.D. (Dr. Polit., 1997) in economics from the University of Oslo, on international economic integration.
He has been head of the international economics group at NUPI for extended periods, and Assistant Director (3 years). Before research career: Experience from international trade negotiations as government official; including multilateral trade negotiations, and bilateral negotiations with several Asian countries. Experience from managing a large number of research projects.
1997 Dr. polit., University of Oslo, Dept. of Economics. Dissertation: On the Economics of Market Access and International Economic Integration.
1990 Cand. polit, economics, University of Bergen, Norway, specialisation in economics, thesis: On the impact of quotas on low-cost imports of clothing
1981 Certificate of Advanced European Studies, Bruges, Belgium. Specialisation: International economics.
1989- Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Head of Department/Assistant Director at NUPI
1981-1987 Senior Executive Officer/Head of Division, Ministry of Trade and Shipping, Norway
Publications All publications
Covid-19, global handel og medisinsk beredskapPublication : Academic article | 2021
During the second quarter of 2020, Covid-19 led to the second largest setback for world trade after the second world war. But the value of trade soon1
EUs grønne giv – implikasjoner for norsk europapolitikkPublication : Report | 2021
EU lanserte mot slutten av 2019 European Green Deal. Dette er en klimastrategi for å nå målene i Parisavtalen, men også en økonomisk vekststrategi, o1
Hvem er gått ut på datoPublication : Op-ed | 2014
Will the EU-US trade agreement lead to losses rather than economic gains? The basis for such claims is weak.
Uforståelig påstandPublication : Op-ed | 2015
While it is important to have an academic and political debate on the effects of an EU-US trade agreement (TTIP), it is too easy to write off the con1
Global handel og medisinsk beredskap i lys av Covid-19Publication : Report | 2021
The study analyzes world trade and value chains for medical goods before and during Covid-19, and on this basis discusses lessons learned for medical1
Projects All projects
Shocking times for European economic integration (EUROSHOCKS)Research project | 2021 - 2024 (Ongoing)
European integration has recently been hit by various shocks such as Brexit, Trump’s trade wars, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the competition from China. This project will exploit these shocks to genera...
Responsible Innovation and Happiness: A New Approach to the Effects of ICTs (HAPPY)Research project | 2015 - 2020 (Completed)
The project intends to contribute to the responsible innovation literature by carrying out a set of conceptual and empirical studies on the socio-economic effects of ICTs, considering positive impacts...
Consequences for the seafood industry of termination of the European Economic Area (EEA) AgreementResearch project | 2019 - 2020 (Completed)
The main aim of the project is the publication of a book in Norwegian about the consequences for the seafood industry if the EEA agreement is terminated....
Global trade policy at the crossroads (UD trade policy seminars)Research project | 2018 - 2019 (Completed)
In this project, NUPI will contribute to address the need for knowledge on the feed on the new global trade situation. ...
Report on significant distortions in the economy of the Russian Federation for the purpose of trade defence investigations (EU-Russia trade)Research project | 2018 - 2020 (Completed)
This project will produce a comprehensive study of Russia's economy, focusing on regulations, laws, subsidies and other aspects that may interfere in competition in the markets....
Events All events
On the political impact of sanctions in RussiaEventTue 27 Sep 2022Time: 13:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
A key motivation behind economic sanctions has traditionally been to promote political change, either by pressure on regimes or by supporting political opposition. To what extent have sanctions succeeded in this endeavour?
The Russia Conference 2022: The Russian economy, energy sector and climate change: What now?EventTue 15 Nov 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: The House of Literature in Oslo
At this year's Russia conference, we will take a closer look at the implications of the war in Ukraine for Russia's economy and energy sector.
Small states facing the EU: The case of Swiss-EU relationsEventWed 25 Nov 2020Time: 12:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft teams
Will the Swiss-EU relation continue in harmony, or will the EU evoke the “guillotine” clause and terminate current agreements? NUPI invites you to join our seminar on the Swiss-EU relations.
WTO and the trade war: The end of peaceful conflict resolution?EventTue 10 Dec 2019Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
If president Trump doesn’t change his mind, the WTO will be in a crisis from 11 December. What has caused the crisis, and can it be resolved?
China’s Export Success: Due to Unfair Practices or Fair Competition?EventWed 18 Sep 2019Time: 14:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI
The accusations are numerous during the US-China trade war. At this seminar, Professor Rolf J. Langhammer will review the facts of China's trade policy.
Articles All articles
Russia, Asia and International Trade3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1
Seven new research projects to NUPI24 Jun 2021
Exciting new research on topics ranging from energy and climate, cyber security and vulnerable states will be done by NUPI in the coming years. Seven1