RIETI Special BBL Seminar

The World Economy Against the Backdrop of Increased Trade Tensions


The world seems headed for a trade skirmish – if not a full-blown trade war – between the two largest economies. But given how integrated the world of trade is now thanks to the GVC revolution, the impact of higher US-China tariffs may have unintended consequences. This talk starts by discussion how 20th century trade tools – like tariffs and quotas – can have unexpected effects in the 21st century. It then goes on to discuss some of the political economy of trade war in the 21st century and the like reactions.


  • Time and Date: 12:15-13:30, Monday, May 28, 2018 (Registration desk and seminar room open at 12:00)
  • Venue: 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, RIETI's seminar room #1121 (METI Annex 11th floor)
  • Language(s): Japanese/English (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • Admission: Free
  • Host(s): Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry (RIETI)
  • Contact: RIETI Ms. MARUTAKE ( )
    Tel: 03-3501-8398

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  • Speaker: Richard BALDWIN

    Richard Baldwin is a Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 1991 and Editor-in-Chief of VoxEU.org since he founded it in 2007. He was appointed as President of CEPR in July 2016. Previously, he was a part-time Visiting Research Professor at the University of Oxford (2012-2015), Visiting Professor at the MIT Economics Department (Fall 2002-2003), and Associate Professor at Columbia Business School (1989-1991). He has served as Managing Editor of Economic Policy (2000-2005). Before moving to Switzerland in 1991, he was a Senior Staff Economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisors in the Bush White House (1990-1991) following trade matters such as the Uruguay Round and NAFTA negotiations as well as numerous US-Japan trade conflicts. He has been an adviser and consultant to many international organisations and governments.
    He did his Ph.D. in Economics at MIT with Paul Krugman and has published a half dozen articles with him. Before that he earned an M.Sc. at LSE (1980-81), and a B.A. at UW-Madison (1976-1980). His most recent book is The Great Convergence: Information technology and the New Globalisation, 2016 (Harvard University Press).

  • Moderator: KOMETANI Kazumochi

    Consulting Fellow, RIETI / General Counsel for International Legal Affairs, Trade Policy Bureau, METI

  • Commentator: NAKAJIMA Atsushi

    Chairman, RIETI

*Agenda is subject to change