Regional Integration Database (RID)
RID is a publicly available, open-access resource. The most up-to-date version of the database can be found at: Regional Integration Database (RID). The EDB Centre for Integration Studies invites the experts to extensively use the database when conducting qualitative and quantitative research. The proper attribution to RID must be given by including a link to this source. We welcome any feedback on Regional Integration Database (RID).

Regional Integration Database

17 November 2014

The Regional Integration Database is an applied research project implemented by Eurasian Development Bank’s (EDB) Centre for Integration Studies. The objectives associated with the establishment and advancement of the Eurasian Economic Union require that both positive and negative global experience in regional integration should be taken into account. To this end the Centre for Integration Studies makes this regularly updated database on regional integration agreements and organisations (RIAs) available to the public.

The unique feature of this database is that it lists not only “classic” multilateral agreements on free trade between countries, all customs and economic unions of the world, and “the unions of unions” (agreements between customs unions), but also comprises data on river basin organisations (focusing on the creation and development of shared infrastructure) and regional fora. It also includes new ‘mega-deals’ such as the US-EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, among others. Overall, the Regional Integration Database contains data on 92 RIAs.

These organisations and agreements are analysed with more than 130 indicators, including trade flows, investment, budget, currency and finance, institutional development, and political aspects. The variables contained in the database may be of interest to economists, political analysts, sociologists, and international relations specialists. These include macroeconomic variables and indicators of mutual trade, foreign trade parameters, the institutional structure of the groupings, the indicators of economic and political asymmetry and political regimes in member states, their influence on the world politics, the existence of military conflicts between them, and publicly available information about their secretariats and budgets. These are a small portion of indicators.

The applied purpose of the research is to provide a structural comparison between Eurasian integration and all other regions and forms of economic integration. The Regional Integration Database is expected to produce a comprehensive profile of the advantages and disadvantages of integration models, the elements of which can be effectively used in Eurasian integration.

The Eurasian Development Bank makes this database available to the public and will encourage its use by researchers for the solution of empirical tasks. The Regional Integration Database is unique in terms of its scope. We plan to further develop and expand the database.

The presented beta-version of the Regional Integration Database, as well as later versions, will be in public access on EDB web site. The final English version of the database will be released in September 2015. The Centre for Integration Studies will be glad to obtain any proposals and feedback regarding the database usage.

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