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Eighth IMF-WB-WTO Trade Research Conference

October 4-5, 2021



The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Research Conference is an annual event that brings together experts on trade from the three institutions to share and disseminate their latest research findings. This year the event will include sessions on global value chains, growth and market structure, institutional quality, and technology, as well as a concluding policy panel with senior representatives from each institution on the role of trade in a post-covid world.


Eighth IMF-WB-WTO Trade Research Conference 
October 4–5, 2021

9:45 am - 1:30 pm (Day 1)
8:30 - 1:00 pm (Day 2)

Virtual, World Bank webex link

Register for Day 1  |  Register for Day 2

All times are in EDT

Final Program (PDF)

Day 1: Monday, October 4, 2021

 9:45–9:50 amWelcome
Deon Filmer, Director, Development Research Group, World Bank

 9:50–10:15 am

Keynote Speech
Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

10:15–11:45 am

Session 1: Global Value Chains, Innovation and Shocks
Chair: Daria Taglioni, World Bank


Natural Disasters and the Reshaping of Global Value Chains
Caroline Freund (University of California at San Diego), Aaditya Mattoo (World Bank), Alen Mulabdic (World Bank), Michele Ruta (World Bank)



Assessing the Supply Chain Effect of Natural Disasters Evidence from Chinese Manufacturers
Katharina Längle (World Trade Organization), Ankai Xu (World Trade Organization), Ruijie Tian (University of Gothenburg)



Trade Conflicts Impact on Innovation
Eddy Bekkers (World Trade Organization) and Carlos Góes (University of California at San Diego)


11:45–12:00 pm


12:00–1:30 pm

Session 2: Trade, Growth and Market Structure
Chair: Ana Fernandes, World Bank


Committing to Grow: The Full Impact of WTO Accessions
André Brotto (World Trade Organization), Adam Jakubik (International Monetary Fund), Roberta Piermartini (World Trade Organization)



The Effect of Trade on Market Power—Evidence from Developing Economies
Jesus Rodrigo Gonzalez-Garcia (International Monetary Fund), Yuanchen Yang (International Monetary Fund)



High Performance Export Portfolio: Design Growth-Enhancing Export Structure with Machine Learning
Natasha Che (International Monetary Fund), Xuege Zhang (Carnegie Mellon University)



Day 2: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

 8:30–10:30 am

Session 3:  Institutional Quality and Trade
Chair: Victor Stolzenburg, World Trade Organization


Economic Integration and Democracy: An Empirical Investigation
Giacomo Magistretti (International Monetary Fund), Marco Tabellini (Harvard Business School)



Corruption in Customs
Cyril Chalendard (International Trade Centre), Ana Fernandes (World Band), Gael Raballand (World Bank), Bob Rijkers (World Bank)



Trade Fraud and Non-Tariff Measures
Hiau Looi Kee (World Bank), Alessandro Nicita (United Nations)




Heterogeneous Trade Effects of Pre-Shipment Inspections
Cosimo Beverelli (World Trade Organization), Martin T. Braml (World Trade Organization), Lionel Fontagné (Banque de France, PSE & CEPII), Alexander Keck (World Trade Organization), Gianluca Orefice (University of Paris-Dauphine, PSL)


10:30–10:45 am


10:45–11:45 am

Session 4: Trade and Technology
Chair: Hui Tong, International Monetary Fund


Trade and Diffusion of Embodied Technology: An Empirical Analysis
Stephen Ayerst (International Monetary Fund)



Trade, Internal Migration, and Human Capital: Who Gains from India's IT Boom?
Devaki Ghose (World Bank)


11:45–12:00 pm


12:00–1:00 pm

Session 5: Policy Panel
Mari Pangestu, Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank
Anabel Gonzalez, Deputy Director General, World Trade Organization
Geoffrey Okamoto, First Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund


Last Updated: Oct 05, 2021


Event Details

  • Date: October 4-5, 2021
  • Time: Day 2: 8:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT
  • World Bank: Ana Fernandes
  • International Monetary Fund: Hui Tong
  • World Trade Organization: Victor Stolzenburg
  • CONTACT: Anna Goodman