Sixth IMF-WB-WTO Trade Conference

November 29, 2017
IMF HQ1-3-430 (Meeting Halls A&B) , Washington, D.C.

November 29, 2017

The IMF, jointly with the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, organizes the Sixth IMF/WB/WTO trade conference. 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 29, 2017.

To register for the workshop, please e-mail (name and affiliation) to Rachelle Blasco at Registered attendees will be required to present photo identification on entering the IMF at 700 19th Street, N.W., Washington D.C.


Wednesday, November 29, 2017

8:30 - 9:00 am


9:00 - 9:15 am

Introductory Remarks by Tamim Bayoumi (IMF)

9:15 - 10:45 am

Session 1 – Trade and Firm Behavior

Chair: Cosimo Beverelli, WTO

  • Innovation and Corporate Cash Holding in the Era of Globalization (JaeBin Ahn, IMF) Paper
  • Exporters' Suppliers: Shining Bright in the Superstars' Light (Stela Rubínová, WTO) Paper
  • Institutions, Services Reforms and Manufacturing Productivity: The Case of Italian Firms (Cosimo Beverelli, WTO) Paper
10:45 - 11:00 am

Coffee break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Session 2: Trade and Inclusive Growth

Chair: Hui Tong, IMF

  • Knowledge Diffusion, Trade and Innovation across Countries and Sectors (Nan Li, IMF) Paper
  • Obstacles on the Road to Palestinian Economic Growth (Bob Rijkers, WB) Paper
  • Economic integration, industrial structure, and catch-up growth: Firm-level evidence from Poland (Paulo Bastos, WB) Paper
12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Conversation on World Trade System

Chair: Anabel Gonzalez, WB

Speaker: Pravin Krishna (Johns Hopkins University) and Arvind Panagariya (Columbia University)

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Session 3: Global Value Chains

Chair: Ana Margarida Fernandes, WB

  • How Do Global Value Chains Affect Real Effective Exchange Rates and Trade Openness? (Tamim Bayoumi, IMF) Paper
  • Global Value Chains Participation: Determinants and Effects (Faezeh Raei, IMF) Paper
  • Value Added and Productivity Linkages Across Countries (Francois De Soyres, WB) Paper
3:00 - 4:25 pm

Session 4: Impact of Trade with China

Chair: Markus Rodlauer, IMF

  • The China Shock Revisited: Insights from Value Added Trade Flows (Victor Kummritz, WTO) Paper
  • From China with Love (Daria Taglioni, WB)
  • Trade Effects of The New Silk Road (Nadia Rocha, WB) 
4:30 - 6:00 pm

Panel Discussion on Asymmetric Liberalization and Global Imbalance

Chair: Tobias Adrian, IMF Financial Counsellor

6:30 pm


TBD (by invitation only)