The Trade and Negotiations Program seeks to improve trade policymaking through research, dissemination of ideas, and teaching. It has a particular focus on the dynamics of international trade negotiations in multilateral, regional, and bilateral forums; on problems of global governance; and on international dispute settlement procedures at the World Trade Organization. The program conducts an executive program on The Practice of Trade Policy, and writes case studies covering major trade negotiations and disputes.

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Robert Lawrence

Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment
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The sparring over trade. Robert Lawrence, Harvard Gazette, June 7, 2019

No trade deal can dictate our relationship with China. Lawrence H. Summers, Washington Post, February 4, 2019

China tariffs may not be a negotiating ploy; they could be the goal. Q&A with Robert Lawrence, Sep 27, 2018

How To Avoid a Trade War. Dani Rodri, Project Syndicate, 

Donald Trump’s trade policy violates every rule of strategy. Lawrence H. Summers, June 5, 2018

What Do Trade Agreements Really Do? Dani Rodrik, Journal of Economic Perspectives. 2018

Donald Trump trade threats lack credibility. Lawrence H. Summers, April 8, 2018

Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy. Dani Rodrik, Princeton University Press, 2017

Misconceptions on the Campaign Trail: American Workers Can’t Compete with Low-Wage Workers Abroad. Robert Z. Lawrence. Trade and Investment Policy Watch, The Peterson Institute for International Economics April 21st, 2016

Trump's Outrage over Outsourcing Doesn't Apply to His Own Merchandise. Robert Z. Lawrence, PBS Newshour March 2016

TPP benefits for workers far outweigh costs. Robert Z. Lawrence. Trade and Investment Policy Watch, The Peterson Institute for International Economics March 2016

Studies of TPP: Which Is Credible? Robert Z. Lawrence.  Trade and Investment Policy Watch, The Peterson Institute for International Economics Jan 29 2016

Adjustment and Income Distribution Impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Robert Z. Lawrence and Tyler Moran, Working Paper 16-5  Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2016

Silk-Road Type Projects: Lessons from Some Historical Examples. Robert Z. Lawrence and Fredrick Toohey in PIIE Briefing 16-2 China's Belt and Road Initiative: Motives, Scope, and Challenges

Recent Declines in Labor's Share in US Income: A Preliminary NeoClassical Account. Robert Z. Lawrence, Peterson Institute for International Economics Working Paper WP15-10, June 2015

China's Rise and America's Welfare. Robert Z. Lawrence, Paper in PIIE Briefing 15-3 China's Economic Transformation: Lessons, Impact and the Path Forward, October 2015

Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Markets Good for the United States? Robert Z. Lawrence with Lawrence Edwards Washington DC: The Peterson Institute for International Economics, March 2013