9th Washington Area International Trade Symposium (WAITS) Conference

The 9th Annual Washington Area International Trade Symposium (WAITS) will be held on:

Friday, April 26, 2019
8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Lindner Family Commons (6th Floor)
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street, NW

The Washington Area International Trade Symposium (WAITS) is a forum that highlights trade research at institutions in the Washington D.C. area. Its primary activity is sponsoring an annual research conference where scholars present their latest academic work. Researchers from George Washington University, American University, the Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve Board, Georgetown University, the Inter-American Development Bank, Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), the U.S. International Trade Commission, the University of Maryland, and the World Bank have all participated in the symposium.

Conference Program


08:55-09:00  Opening Remarks: Maggie ChenDirector, Institute for International Economic Policy, George Washington University

“Regional Spillovers through Multi-Market Firms: The Product Replacement Channel”

  • Presenter: Ryan KimSchool of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Discussant: Ana FernandesWorld Bank

“Non-Tariff Barriers and Bargaining in Generic Pharmaceuticals”

  • Presenter: Sharat GanapatiGeorgetown University
  • Discussant: Gloria SheuDepartment of Justice
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

“Training and Labor Adjustment to Trade”

  • Presenter: Marisol Rodriguez ChatrucInter-American Development Bank
  • Discussant: Claire BrunelAmerican University

“Trade, Jobs, and Worker Welfare”

  • Presenter: Eunhee LeeUniversity of Maryland
  • Discussant: Ricardo Reyes-HerolesFederal Reserve Board
12:30-13:15 Lunch

“Family Leave Law and the Demand for Female Labor: Evidence from a Trade Shock”

  • Presenter: Fariha KamalU.S. Census Bureau
  • Discussant: Mina KimBureau of Labor Statistics

“Robots, Tasks, and Trade”

  • Presenter: Erhan ArtucWorld Bank
  • Discussant: Heiwai TangJohns Hopkins University
14:45-15:00 Coffee Break

“Testing Stolper-Samuelson with a Natural Experiment”

  • Presenter: Dan BernhofenAmerican University
  • Discussant: Colin HottmanFederal Reserve Board

 “What are the Price Effects of Trade: Evidence from the U.S. and Implications for Quantitative Trade Models”

  • Presenter: Erick SagerFederal Reserve Board
  • Discussant: Paul PiveteauJohns Hopkins University

“Your (Country’s) Reputation Precedes You: Information Asymmetry, Externalities and the Quality of Exports”

  • Presenter: Yingyan ZhaoPenn State University and George Washington University
  • Discussant: Paulo BastosWorld Bank


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