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Rising tide: is growth in emerging economies good for the developed world?

A core premise motivating most current international economic policies is that growth in the developing countries is also beneficial to the advanced countries. However, this view has increasingly been challenged as several prominent economists (e.g. Paul Samuelson and Paul Krugman) and the public at large have raised questions about the effect of such growth on aggregate welfare, wage inequality and the loss of manufacturing jobs. Robert Z. Lawrence will evaluate these concerns using the results of a recent study published by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (Lawrence Edwards and Robert Lawrence, Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States?)


Robert Z. Lawrence is Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He currently serves as Faculty Chair of The Practice of Trade Policy executive program at Harvard Kennedy School. He served as a member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1998 to 2000. Lawrence has also been a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has taught at Yale University, where he received his PhD in economics. His research focuses on trade policy. He is the author of Crimes and Punishments? Retaliation under the WTO; Regionalism, Multilateralism and Deeper Integration; Single World, Divided Nations?;andCan America Compete? He is coauthor of Has Globalization Gone Far Enough? The Costs of Fragmentation in OECD Markets (with Scott Bradford); A Prism on Globalization; Globaphobia: Confronting Fears About Open Trade; A Vision for the World Economy; and Saving Free Trade: A Pragmatic Approach. Lawrence has served on the advisory boards of the Congressional Budget Office, the Overseas Development Council, and the Presidential Commission on United States-Pacific Trade and Investment Policy.

Chair - Guntram Wolff, Bruegel

Practical details

  • Venue: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Bruxelles
  • Time: 13 June 2013, 12:45 - 14:30 (Sandwiches will be available before the event)
  • Contact: matilda.sevon[at]bruegel.org