In this talk, Prof. Deardorff will look at the roles that international trade played, first in spreading the virus around the world, then in getting the tools for dealing with the pandemic (PPE and now vaccines) from producers to those who need them. He will also touch on the effects that the pandemic had on economies and on international trade. And finally, he will discuss at the policies that the US and other countries used, some positively but often negatively, to deal with all of this.
About the speaker:
Alan Deardorff is John W. Sweetland Professor of International Economics and Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He is Permanent adviser for research to ARTNeT. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1971 and has been on the faculty at the University of Michigan since 1970. He served as Chair of the Department of Economics from 1991 to 1995, and as Associate Dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy from 2007 to 2015.
Professor Deardorff has served as a consultant to many government agencies in the USA, and international institutions including OECD, UNCTAD, and the World Bank. He is currently on the editorial boards of several journals. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of international trade theory and policy.
His work on international trade theory has dealt primarily with the theory of comparative advantage and the Heckscher-Ohlin and other models that explain the patterns and effects of international trade. His work on trade policy has included analyses of anti-dumping laws, the safeguards clause of the GATT, and arguments for and against extending intellectual property protection to developing countries.