Seventeenth Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics: “The Global Political Consequences of China’s Trade Boom” by Gordon Hanson, 8th November 2019, Collegio Carlo Alberto

Seventeenth Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics: The Global Political Consequences of China’s Trade Boom” by Gordon Hanson (Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations and Director, Center on Global Transformation, UC San Diego) 8 November 2019, 5 p.m., Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto, Piazza Arbarello 8, 10122 Turin.


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Globalization has profoundly impacted labor markets in high-income countries. While expanded trade with China has enhanced consumer choice and allowed firms to improve the efficiency of their supply chains, it has also contributed to job loss in traditional manufacturing regions in Europe and the United States. This lecture will discuss how the adverse economic consequences of the China trade shock have exacerbated political divisions in Western democracies and enabled the rise of populism.


Gordon Hanson is the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UC San Diego, where he holds faculty positions in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Department of Economics and is director of the Center on Global Transformation. Hanson is presently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is a past co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics. In January 2020, Hanson will leave UC San Diego to join the faculty of Harvard Kennedy School on a permanent basis.
Hanson received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his B.A. in economics from Occidental College in 1986. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2001, he served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. In his scholarship, Hanson specializes in international trade, international migration and economic geography. He has published extensively in the top academic journals of the economics discipline, is widely cited for his research by scholars from across the social sciences and is frequently quoted in major media outlets. Hanson’s current research addresses how expanded trade with China has affected U.S. labor markets and how labor markets adjust to immigration. In a new endeavor, he is working with a multidisciplinary team of scholars to use satellite imagery to assess the impacts of expanding transportation networks, exposure to extreme weather events, and other shocks on urban economic growth.

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