IGC Trade Program Conference

Faculty House, Garden Room II, Columbia University

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sponsored by the International Growth Centre, the Program for Economic Research of Columbia University, and the Center on Global Economic Governance of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Attendance is by invitation only; if you are interested in attending, please contact Juliana Capaldi.


8:30-9:30Continental Breakfast

Elhanan Helpman, Oleg Itskhoki, Marc-Andreas Muendler, Stephen Redding, “Trade and Inequality: From Theory to Estimation” 


 Rafael Dix-Carneiro, “Trade Liberalization and Labor Market Dynamics”

10:40-11:10Coffee Break

Jan De Loecker, Pinelopi K. Goldberg, Amit K. Khandelwal, Nina Pavcnik, “Price and Markup Adjustment Following Trade Reforms”


Marcela Eslava, Ana Cecília Fieler and Daniel Xu , “Trade, Competition and Quality-Upgrading: A Theory with Evidence from Colombia”


Kalina Manova and Zhihong Yu, “Processing vs. Ordinary Trade” 

3:10-3:40Coffee Break

William Easterly and Ariell Reshef, “African Export Successes: Surprises, Stylized Facts and Explanations”  ( Appendix)

4:30-5:00Panel discussion: Wahiduddin Mahmud, Richard Newfarmer, Garth Frazer: "Trade policy challenges in developing countries"

Dinner (offsite)

Pisticci, 125 La Salle Street (between Broadway and Claremont)




Directions to Faculty House

Faculty House is located on Columbia University's East Campus on Morningside Drive, north of 116th Street. Enter campus through gates at 116th and Broadway. Follow College Walk across Amsterdam Avenue towards Morningside Drive. After passing Jerome Greene Hall on the left, enter Wien courtyard through the gates. Follow courtyard around to the right. Faculty House will be the last building on the right. View full campus map online.

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Take the #1 train to 116th Street (Columbia University) stop.  Walk across campus towards Amsterdam Avenue, and continue past Jerome Greene Hall. Enter the Wien courtyard to the left, and Faculty House is located on the right.


Four bus lines (M4, M11, M5 and M104) serve the Columbia/Morningside Heights area. View city bus map.


From South

Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 96th Street and proceed east, crossing Broadway, and turn left (north) at the next light, Amsterdam Avenue. Proceed north on Amsterdam for 20 blocks to campus. In addition to street parking on Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (metered), on Morningside Drive and on side streets, there is a garage on 114th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue (close to Amsterdam) on the south side of the street.

From North

Exit the Henry Hudson Parkway at 125th Street and proceed east, crossing Broadway, and turn right (south) at the next light, Amsterdam Avenue. Proceed south on Amsterdam for nine blocks to campus. See above for parking recommendations.