March 07, 2012

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the talk, "Whither International Cooperation? Optimism and Lessons from Trade Policy: A Scholar-Practitioner's View," with Chad Bown on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center.

A senior economist at the World Bank and 1994 Bucknell alumnus, Bown is a former senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisers and Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He will share his perspectives on the current global economy and the future of international trade policy.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.

"This event is one of a series of events on various topics to help educate the campus and the community on issues related to public policy," said Amy Wolaver, associate professor of economics at Bucknell, and Institute co-director.

Bown is the author of Self-Enforcing Trade: Developing Countries and WTO Dispute Settlement (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), and co-editor, with Joost Pauwelyn, of The Law, Economics, and Politics of Retaliation in WTO Dispute Settlement (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

He has published an edited volume on the global economic crisis, The Great Recession and Import Protection: The Role of Temporary Trade Barriers (CEPR and World Bank, 2011). His trade policy monitoring initiatives during 2008-10 were featured at the time through a series of op-eds and commentary published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and VoxEU, in addition to media reporting by these outlets and others such as The Economist, The Washington Post, Reuters, and BusinessWeek. The monitoring stemmed from a trade policy transparency project he initiated at the World Bank in 2004, resulting in the freely available, Internet-based Global Antidumping Database, which is part of the World Bank's Temporary Trade Barriers Database.

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy supports social science research, analysis and teaching on campus and beyond. The Institute provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion, a mechanism to support faculty-guided undergraduate research, and an academic home for a future policy major and minor.

Under this interdisciplinary and cross-departmental framework, Bucknell faculty and students focus on particular policy arenas including the economy, domestic and international politics, education, health, the environment, and civil society.

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