Erik van der Marel is a senior economist at the European Centre for International Political Economy (ECIPE). His research is concentrated on empirical analyses in services trade. He is currently carrying out research in digital trade and the cross-border flows of data, as well as developing a database that covers the regulatory cost factors of digital trade, including data transfers across borders.

Prior to his appointment at ECIPE, Erik lectured at the London School of Economics, where he taught international political economy and the political economy of international trade at the postgraduate level. He was also a research fellow at the Groupe d’Économie Mondiale in Paris at SciencesPo.

Erik received his Ph.D. in international economics from SciencesPo, where he specialized in the links between regulation and productivity and comparative advantage in services. He also holds an M.Sc. in economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and an M.A. in European politics from the College of Europe in Bruges.

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