Fourth WTO/WB/IMF Trade Workshop

The fourth workshop organized jointly by the WTO, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund takes place at the WTO headquarters in Geneva on 29 June 2015. The event brings together trade experts from the three institutions to present cutting-edge research on trade and trade policy, to discuss current policy issues and to identify areas of future collaboration.


The themes of the fourth IMF/WB/WTO trade workshop are:

  1. Global value chains, growth and price movements
  2.  Trade, productivity and growth
  3. Trading firms, uncertainty and policies

The Director-General of the WTO, Roberto Azevêdo will address conference participants. A panel discussion on the “value of the multilateral trading system at 20” will take place with WTO’s Chief Economist, Robert Koopman; World Bank Group Senior Director for Trade and Competitiveness, Anabel Gonzalez; IMF’s unit chief for trade and external policies, Martin Kaufman; and Professor Thomas Cottier, University of Bern. Workshop attendance is by invitation only (WTO delegations, selected members of the academic and think tank community) but staff papers and audios will be posted on the webpage at the end of the workshop.

This activity is taking place in the context of the 20th Anniversary of the WTO.



9:00 — 9:30

Introductory Remarks

9:30 — 11:00

Session 1: Global Value Chains, Growth, and Price movements


    Era Dabla-Norris, IMF

Trade in Value-Added and Growth: Revisiting Demand and Supply Dynamics

Global Value Chains and the Exchange Rate Elasticity of Exports

    Swarnali Ahmed, Maximiliano Appendino and Michele Ruta (IMF-WB)
    > Presentation



11:00 — 11:30



11:30 — 13.00

Session 2: Trade, Productivity and Growth


    Caglar Ozden, WBG

Reassessing the Productivity Gains from Trade and FDI Liberalization: An Industry-Level Approach

    Jaebin Ahn, Era Dabla-Norris, Romain Duval, Binjie Hu and Lamim Njie (IMF)
    > Presentation

Knowledge Complementarity, Trade Composition and Long-Run Growth



13:00 — 14:00



14:00 — 16:30

Session 3: Trading Firms, uncertainties and policies


    Robert Koopman, WTO

Exporter Behavior, Country Size and Stage of Development: Evidence from the Exporter Dynamics Database

    Martha Denisse Pierola (WB), Ana M. Fernandes and Caroline Freund
    > Presentation

Product Standards and Margins of Trade: Firm Level Evidence

    Lionel Fontagné, Gianluca Orefice,

    Roberta Piermartini (WTO) and Nadia Rocha
    > Presentation

Synthetic Control Methods and Customs Reforms: An Application to Serbia’s in-house Clearance Program

    Russel Hillberry (WB), Ana M Fernandes, Claudia Berg  
    > Presentation



16:30 — 18:00

Panel Discussion :

Tthe multilateral trade system at 20: the value of the system; how to make it work better.  


    Marc Auboin, Counsellor, WTO


    Robert B. Koopman, WTO Chief Economist;

    Anabel Gonzalez, Senior Director, Global Trade and Competitiveness Practice, WBG;

    Martin Kaufman, Unit Chief,  Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF;

    Thomas Cottier, Professor of European and International Economic Law, University of Bern  




Workshop organizers: Marc Auboin (WTO), Ana M Fernandes (WB), Christian Henn (IMF)