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The Multilateral Trading System in the 21st Century

Thursday and Friday, April 18 and 19, 2013
Institute for International Economic Policy, GWU
Lindner Family Commons, 6th Floor 1957 E ST. NW

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(All presentations can be download in .pdf below.)

The first in a series of workshops organized by the Research Group on the Trading System, brought together by the European University Institute (Global Governance Programme), George Washington University (Elliott School) and the World Bank (Development Research Group).

All presentations 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes discussion; each Session will end with a 90 minute brainstorming on issues that need to be addressed in future research.

DAY 1 - Thursday, April 18, 2013

Session I: Changing Patterns of Production and Trade: Implications for the Trading System

9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute/Geneva)
WTO 2.0
Discussant: Juan Blyde (Inter-American Development Bank)

Emily Blanchard - Dartmouth University
A Shifting Mandate: International Ownership, Global Fragmentation and a Case for Deeper Integration under the WTO
Discussant: Maggie Chen (George Washington University)

Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank) and Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institute)
Exchange rates and macro policies as a source of incoherence/tension
Discussant: Jay Shambaugh (George Washington University) - Discussion of: Exchange rates and macro policies as a source of incoherence/tension

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Issues for future research

Lunch Break: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Session II: Lessons from Doha
April 18, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Robert Wolfe (Queens University)
First diagnose, then treat: what ails the Doha Round
Discussant: Claude Barfield (American Enterprise Institute)

Lionel Fontagne (Paris School of Economics)
What did happen in the DDA? Quantifying the role of negotiation modalities
Discussant: Jeff Schott (Peterson Institute)

Will Martin (World Bank)
Formulas for Failure?
Discussant: Mike Finger

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Issues for future research

DAY 2 - Friday, April 19, 2013

Continental Breakfast: 8:15-9:00 am

Session III: Key features of the current system
9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Paola Conconi (ULB)
Special and Differential Treatment of Developing Countries in the GATT/WTO
Discussant: Caroline Freund (World Bank) - Discussion

Bernard Hoekman (EUI) and Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank)
Services and NTMs: Why so little progress?
Discussant: Michael Ferrantino (U.S. International Trade Commission)

John Odell (University of Southern California)
How Should the WTO Launch and Negotiate a Future Round?
Discussant: Joseph Francois (JKU Linz)

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Issues for future research

Lunch Break: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Session IV: Looking Ahead 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Doug Nelson (Tulane University)
Prospects for Constitutionalization of the WTO
Discussant: Steve Charnovitz (George Washington University)

Bernard Hoekman (EUI)
WTO 'a la carte' or WTO 'menu du jour'? Assessing the case for plurilateral agreements
Discussant: Phil Levy - Discussion: Hoekman and Mavroidis' Wonderful World of the Second Best

Michael Moore (George Washington University)
Embedding climate change mitigation efforts in the WTO system
Discussant: Arvind Subramanian (Peterson Institute) - Discussion

4:30 PM - 6:00 Issues for future research

The conference will be held at The Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC.

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