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Soumaya Keynes (The Economist) and Chad P. Bown (Peterson Institute for International Economics) cohost a podcast about the economics of international trade and policy. From trade wars to trade deals, this podcast covers trade developments with insights and economic analysis from two of the world's top trade geeks.
 
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COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine inputs are in short supply globally. How the EU, UK, US and India are all limiting exports. Anna Isaac (Politico) and Prashant Yadav (Center for Global Development) join to explain (36:25). Read more… Soumaya Keynes. 2021. The many guises of vaccine nationalism. The Economist, March 11. Anna Isaac and Jillian Deutsch. …
 
India, South Africa, and more than 50 other countries propose changing WTO rules for vaccines and other medical supplies. Rachel Silverman (Center for Global Development) and Tom Bollyky (Council on Foreign Relations) help explain compulsory licensing, a proposal to waive intellectual property rights protections for the duration of the pandemic, an…
 
Sabine Weyand (Director General for Trade, European Commission) joins to discuss the EU’s trade policy agenda. This includes the new Comprehensive Agreement on Investment with China (0:39); the potential for transatlantic cooperation with the new Biden administration (10:45), and the EU’s new tools toward China (14:50), including on forced labor (1…
 
The EU and UK announce their long-awaited trade agreement formalizing Brexit. What is covered, and what is still to be negotiated. Featuring Alan Beattie (Financial Times), Emily Rees and David Henig (European Centre for International Political Economy), Sam Lowe (Centre for European Reform), Anna Jerzewska (TradeandBorders.com), and Anand Menon (U…
 
How and why the United States is banning exports of semiconductors, software and tools to some of the world’s largest companies. Former Obama administration official Kevin Wolf joins to explain US export control law including the “Entity List,” and how recent US government actions impact Huawei, SMIC, American companies, and foreign semiconductor m…
 
Concerns escalate that forced labor and other crimes against humanity are taking place in Xinjiang, China. Amy Lehr (CSIS) describes the challenge in both identifying the problem as well as using unilateral trade sanctions to target human rights improvements. Note: This episode was recorded before the US announcement of an additional withhold relea…
 
From tariff leverage to trade deals, a former US Trade Representative explains how the baton is handed from one American administration to the next. In a conversation ranging from hormone-treated beef to Canadian lumber to TPP, former George W. Bush administration official Susan Schwab describes handover implications on trade for the teams, ongoing…
 
China, Japan, South Korea and 12 other Asian economies finally sign a mega-trade deal that is eight years in the making. Deborah Elms (Asian Trade Centre) helps work through some of the details as to what is in the agreement. Arvind Subramanian (PIIE) explains why India is not joining (30:51). Read more… Soumaya Keynes. 2020. Who gains from RCEP, A…
 
The incoming US administration inherits a big trade agenda. Who will lead it and how much of it will they do? Doug Palmer (Politico) joins to discuss potential priorities on the WTO, working with allies, China, enforcement, and negotiating new deals (28:53). Read more… Soumaya Keynes. 2020. How would Joe Biden change America’s trade policy The Econ…
 
From Corn Laws to Imperial Preferences to joining the EEC, Britain’s current trade policy conundrum has echoes from the past. Economic historian Kevin O’Rourke (NYU Abu Dhabi) joins to explain how the economic tradeoffs Britain confronted over the last two hundred years continue to resonate in the trade policy decisions it must make today. Read mor…
 
At the turn of the century, electronic communication suddenly helped firms fragment production, but only some went overseas. Teresa Fort (Tuck School at Dartmouth College) joins to explain computer aided design software, outsourcing, offshoring, and the impact of technology on trade. Read more… Teresa Fort. 2017. Technology and Production Fragmenta…
 
Chenzi Xu (Stanford University) joins to explain how London’s central role in 19th century trade finance meant that its bank failure – triggered by the collapse of Overend & Gurney in 1866 – had effects for decades. Read more… Chenzi Xu. 2020. Reshaping Global Trade: The Immediate and Long-Run Effects of Bank Failures. Stanford University Graduate …
 
China, the United States and Germany each suffer from inequality as well as sizable trade imbalances. To describe how these phenomena are linked, Matt Klein (Barron’s) joins to talk about his new book ‘Trade Wars are Class Wars’ (Yale University Press). Jay Shambaugh (George Washington University, Obama administration Council of Economic Advisers) …
 
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (GAVI) joins to explain one way to solve the complicated economic problem of how to manufacture and globally distribute a coronavirus vaccine. GAVI, CEPI and the WHO have developed the COVAX facility to pool supply and demand, reduce risk, and allow for an equitable distribution of vaccines. But to work, it will rely on trade. W…
 
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