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Robert Lawrence

Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 316
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Lawrence H. Summers

Charles W. Eliot University Professor
Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government
Office Address
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 242

Why is populism becoming pervasive - and is there a revolt against global integration? What is the right balance between national sovereignty and international integration? Is the US equipped to sustain its role as a global leader? How does international trade affect prosperity and inequality? Should we regulate multi-national companies who move their factories to countries with lower labor standards? How should the IMF respond to financial crises in Europe and the developing world? How will the rise of China change the world system? This course uses basic economic logic to illuminate the choices - and trade-offs - faced by governments, international institutions, businesses and citizens as the global economy evolves. Our course is based on the premise that passion without careful reason is dangerous and that reliance on solid analytics and rigorous empirical evidence will lead to a better world. Policy issues are debated in class by the professors and guest speakers, and students will participate in simulated negotiations on Brexit and on the US-China economic relationship, experiencing the issues first hand, as well as illustrating the importance of decisions made by individual actors for the evolution of the global system. 

Also offered by the General Education Department as GENED 1120.

Please note that the first class meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd from 10:30-11:45am in Sever 113.