Sixteenth Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics: “Is Multilateralism Dead?: Trade in the Era of Trump” by Robert W. Staiger, 19th October 2018, Collegio Carlo Alberto

Sixteenth Luca d’Agliano Lecture in Development Economics: Is Multilateralism Dead?: Trade in the Era of Trump” by Robert W. Staiger (Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences and Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College), 19 October 2018, 5 p.m., Fondazione Collegio Carlo Alberto, Piazza Arbarello 8, 10122 Turin.


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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 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?”


Robert W. Staiger is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Economics, at Darmouth College. He is also 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 (1988-89), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990-92), a Senoir Staff Economist at CEA (1991-92) and a Fellow at CASBS at Stanford (1996-97). He was a Co-Editor of the Journal of International Economics from 1995 to 2010 and served as Editor (with Charles Engel) from 2010 through 2017; he was a Reporter for the American Law Institute in its study of Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization (2002-12); and he 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 (since 2008). In the Fall of 2016 Staiger gave the Ohlin Lctures at the Stockholm School of Economics, and in the Spring of 2018 he gave the Graham Lecture at Princeton University.