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2018 Dr. Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture in Economics

Is multilateralism dead?: Trade in the era of Trump

Individuals are the ultimate drivers of globalization, but governments set the rules of the game and the rules can be very important to the outcome. Sometimes the rules may need updating, but how do we know if that time has arrived, and how can we decide which rules to discard and which to keep?

In this lecture, Professor Robert Staiger addresses these questions through the lens of economic research on the purpose and design of trade agreements, and asks: “Is multilateralism as embodied in the World Trade Organization — dead?"

Friday, March 9, 2018
4pm to 5pm
MacEwan Ballroom

Dr. Robert W. Staiger

Robert W. Staiger is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Economics, at Dartmouth College. He is also Editor (with Charles Engel) of the Journal of International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Staiger’s research focuses on international trade policy rules and institutions, with particular emphasis on the economics of the GATT/WTO. His research has been published in numerous academic journals, and in a book, The Economics of the World Trading System, co-authored with Kyle Bagwell and published by The MIT Press (2002). Staiger recently served as Editor, with Kyle Bagwell, of The Handbook of Commercial Policy, published by Elsevier in December 2016.

Staiger received his A.B. from Williams College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Michigan in 1985. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford from 1985 through 1991 and promoted to tenure in 1991. In 1993 Staiger joined the Economics Department at Wisconsin, where he remained until his return to Stanford in 2006. In 2011 Staiger rejoined the Economics Department at Wisconsin, before joining the Economics Department at Dartmouth in the Fall of 2014.

Staiger was a National Fellow of the Hoover Institution (1988 to 1989), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990 to 1992), a Senior Staff Economist at CEA (1991 to 1992) and a Fellow at CASBS at Stanford (1996 to 1997). He was a Reporter for the American Law Institute in its study of Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization (2002 to 2012), and has served on the selection panel for the WTO’s Award for Young Economists since 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society (2008). In the fall of 2016 Staiger gave the Ohlin Lectures at the Stockholm School of Economics, and in the spring of 2018 he will give the Graham Lecture at Princeton University.

Curious about last year's lecture?

Dr. David Card, UC Berkeley, delivered the inaugural Dr. Frank Anton Distinguished Lecture in Economics, speaking on the economic consequences of immigration. Watch it now. (Interested in the topic? You might enjoy Arvind Magesan in The Conversation.)

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