Survey Platform

Understanding how citizens perceive and evaluate international trade and its regulation, and which factors are important in the formation of individuals’ trade preferences, requires large amounts of systematic data that measures how people think about trade and trade governance. This project presents the data backbone of WP1 and focuses on China, Costa Rica, India, Switzerland, the USA and Vietnam.

Typically, existing research relies on already available survey data, for instance the American National Election Survey, the Eurobarometer or the World Values Survey to obtain such information. Having reached the limit of what existing standard survey data can offer, but with many important research questions that remain to be addressed, we need to collect our own data to advance the research frontier in this area.


We follow a scaling-up strategy, whereby we start with pilot tests via the crowd-sourcing platform AMT, which is populated primarily by individuals from the USA and India. Once we have identified for each of the substantive research projects, based on studies with convenience samples, theoretically and empirically interesting patterns that merit further study on a large scale, we will move on to survey embedded experiments based on samples that are representative at national levels.


We include countries that are of interest to both academic researchers and policy makers alike. They should vary in various dimensions important for trade governance research, such as a country’s political system, its openness to trade, and its economic size. Applying these selection criteria, we focus on China, Costa Rica, India, Switzerland, the USA, and Vietnam.

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