The TTIP's Impact: Bringing in the Missing Issue

41 Pages Posted: 24 Jan 2015 Last revised: 10 Feb 2015

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Martin Myant

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Ronan O'Brien

Independent Researcher, Brussels

Date Written: January 16, 2015


This working paper reviews the findings of the most prominent studies on the economic impact of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), focussing on those commissioned by the European Commission and by the German government. It casts doubt on the methods used and concludes that the gains are likely to be minimal. It also shows that the analyses are one-sided, considering the costs of regulations but not the benefits. It shows that negotiations could result in a harmful diminution of regulations in a number of areas. It concludes that even a small reduction in the benefits of regulations due to the TTIP could dwarf the very small economic gains put forward by the impact studies.

Keywords: TTIP; economic implication; regulation; EU countries

Suggested Citation

Myant, Martin and O'Brien, Ronan, The TTIP's Impact: Bringing in the Missing Issue (January 16, 2015). ETUI Working Paper 2015.01, Available at SSRN: or

Martin Myant (Contact Author)

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels

Ronan O'Brien

Independent Researcher, Brussels ( email )


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