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Third IMF/WB/WTO Joint Trade Workshop

International Monetary Fund, HQ2 Conference Hall 1

November 6-7, 2014

The IMF, jointly with the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, organizes the third IMF/WB/WTO trade workshop. The event brings together trade experts from the three institutions to present cutting-edge research work and exchange views on current trade issues.

The workshop will be held at the IMF headquarters on November 6-7, 2014.

To register for the workshop, please e-mail (name and affiliation) to Pille Snydstrup at Registered attendees will be required to present photo identification on entering the IMF at 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

9:00-9:15 am


IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde
WTO Director General, Roberto Azevêdo

9:15-10:30 am

Session 1: Services Trade

Chair: Tamim Bayoumi

  • How foreign banks facilitate trade in tranquil and in crisis times: Finance or information?
    Stijn Claessens (IMF), Omar Hassib (Maastricht University) and Neeltje van Horen (De Nederlandsche Bank)
    Paper Paper
  • Modeling services trade, trade costs and output
    James E. Anderson (Boston College), Ingo Borchert (University of Sussex), Aaditya Mattoo (WB) and Yoto V. Yotov (Drexel University)
10:30-11:00 pm


11:00-12:45 pm

Session 2: Exporting Firms

Chair: Nigel Chalk

  • Export quality in advanced and developing economies: Evidence from a new dataset
    Christian Henn (WTO), Chris Papageorgiou (IMF) and Nikola Spatafora (WB)
    Paper Paper
  • The life cycle of exporting firms
    Paulo Bastos (WB) and Daniel Dias (University of Illinois)
  • Evidence on productivity, comparative advantage, and networks in the export performance of firms
    Luca A. Ricci (IMF) and Federico Trionfetti (Aix-Marseille University)
    Paper Paper
12:45-2:00 pm


2:00-3:15 pm

Session 3: Trade, Growth and Business Cycles

Chair: Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti

  • Global trade slowdown: Cyclical or structural?
    Cristina Constantinescu (IMF), Aaditya Mattoo (WB) and Michele Ruta (IMF)
    Paper Paper
  • Trade integration and business cycle synchronization: Trade in value-added is what matters
    Romain Duval (IMF), Richa Saraf (University of Albany) and Dulani Seneviratne (IMF)
    Paper Paper
3:15-4:30 pm

Session 4: Global Supply Chains

Chair: Aaditya Mattoo

  • Knowledge spillovers through international supply chains
    Roberta Piermartini (WTO) and Stela Rubínová (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
    Paper Paper
  • Global supply chains and trade policy
    Emily Blanchard (Dartmouth College), Chad Bown (WB) and Rob Johnson (Dartmouth College)
4:30-5:00 pm


5:00-6:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Future of Trade

Chair: Siddharth Tiwari


  • David Lipton (IMF)
  • Anabel Gonzalez (WB)
  • Robert Koopman (WTO)
7:00-9:00 pm


TBD (by invitation only)

Friday, November 7, 2014

9:00-10:15 am

Session 5: Trade Finance

Chair: Michaela Erbenova

  • The impact of Basel III on trade finance: The potential unintended consequences of the leverage ratio
    Marc Auboin (WTO) and Isabella Blengini (University of Lausanne)
    Paper Paper
  • Understanding trade finance: Theory and evidence from transaction-level data
    JaeBin Ahn (IMF)
    Paper Paper


10:45-12:00 pm

Session 6: Trade and Policy I

Chair: Hiau Looi Kee

  • Trade policy uncertainty as a barrier to trade
    Alberto Osnago (WB), Nadia Rocha (WTO) and Roberta Piermartini (WTO)
  • Customs reform and trade growth: Evidence from Albania
    Ana M. Fernandes (WB), Russell Hillberry (WB) and Alejandra Mendoza (WB)
12:00-1:15 pm

Session 7: Trade and Policy II

Chair: Martin Kaufman

  • All in the family: State capture in Tunisia
    Caroline Freund (Peterson Institute), Antonio Nucifora (WB) and Bob Rijkers (WB)
    Paper Paper
  • Trade policy substitution: Theory and evidence from specific trade concerns
    Cosimo Beverelli (WTO), Mauro Boffa (University of Geneva) and Alexander Keck (WTO)
    Paper Paper

Workshop organizers: Michele Ruta (IMF), Chad Bown (WB), Marc Auboin (WTO)