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Trade Dialogues Lecture Series

As part of its Trade Dialogues Series, the WTO will be inviting leading technical experts to share their insights with WTO members and the broader trade community on important economic and policy developments. The initial lectures, organized by the Economic Research and Statistics Division, will focus on the latest research on trade and labour market effects.

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There are signs that negative sentiment towards trade and globalization is on the rise. The perception that the costs of globalization exceed its benefits and that globalization raises inequality figures prominently among the reasons for this apparent change in attitude. One of the areas where there is growing interest relates to trade, technology, inequality and labour market outcomes. By bringing together the experts, policy makers and a general audience, these lectures aim to promote an informed and transparent discussion on a timely topic.



21 November, 10:00 to 12.00: Room S1, WTO Headquarters


  • Lucian Cernat (Chief Economist, DG Trade European Commission)
  • Professor Torben Andersen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Topic : Findings on the effectiveness of trade-specific and general labour market adjustment policies

Lucien Cernat will evaluate the European Globalization Fund, a mechanism to finance trade adjustment programmes in EU member countries. With almost 20 years of experience in the trade policy field, he is in charge of economic advice on EU trade policy, influencing over 4.5 trillion euros of EU trade flows annually. He is a frequent speaker at high-level events alongside award-winning economists and his publications are quoted in leading international journals.

Professor Andersen will discuss Flexicurity, the Danish integrated strategy for enhancing flexibility and security in the labour market. He is a respected authority on the programme and has widely published on the success of the Nordic model. For numerous years, he has also been advising governments on improving their labour market adjustment policies.


12 December, 14.30 to 15.30: Room D, WTO Headquarters


  • Professor David Dorn (University of Zürich, Switzerland)

Topic: The role of trade and technology for labour market adjustment

Professor Dorn will give a non-technical lecture on the role of trade and technology for labour market adjustment and will put the findings of the field into context. He is the co-author of the influential study The China Shock: Learning from Labor Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade and a series of other papers that assess the impact of import competition from China on labour markets in the United States. His findings have been a key influence on the political debate surrounding trade in the United States and Europe.


20 December, 10:00 to 11:00: Room S2, WTO Headquarters


  • Professor Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University, New York)

Topic: Trade, the wage premium and inequality

Professor Verhoogen will make a non-technical presentation on the topic of trade, the wage premium and inequality. He has published several seminal studies in leading journals on the effect that trade has on wage inequality in the context of developing economies. He is also the Vice Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs and the Co-Director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy at Columbia University in New York City.



Registration is required for each lecture if you do not already have WTO accreditation.  If you are interested in attending, please send an email to economicresearchandstatisticsevents@wto.org at least two days before the relevant lecture stating your name and accreditation.