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Richard Baldwin

Professor of International Economics, IMD Business School

Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at IMD Business School in Lausanne and the Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org, which he founded in June 2007. He is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington. Baldwin served as the President/Director of CEPR from 2014 to 2018. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford (2012-2015), the University of Adelaide (2013), and MIT (2003), and previously was a professor at the Graduate Institute in Geneva and Columbia Business School in New York. Before relocating to Europe, Baldwin was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors during the Bush (the Elder) Administration (1990-1991), where he was involved in trade negotiations, including the Uruguay Round, NAFTA, and numerous US-Japan trade disputes.

His research interests include international trade, globalisation, regionalism, and European integration. His 2016 book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was listed by Larry Summers as one of the five most important books on globalisation ever, and by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella as one of the “seven books you need to lead smarter.” Martin Wolf remarked that the book, “succeeded in saying something both new and true about globalization.” About his 2019 book, The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work, Gordon Brown commented, "With its focus on the scale, speed and scope of technological transformation, and its impact on employment, this book breaks new ground."

He wrote his PhD at MIT under the guidance of Paul Krugman, with whom he has co-author a half dozen articles. His MSc in economics is from LSE, his BA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was awarded honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics and Business in Finland (2005), the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (2012), and the Pontifica Universidad Católica del Perú (2014).

Baldwin has served as an Elected Member on the Council of the European Economic Association (1999-2004, 2006-2011) and as Vice Chair of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington (2008-2012).

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