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The past 30 years have seen a dramatic fall in extreme poverty in most areas of the world and rising incomes in formerly poor and middle income countries. While there are many factors, the Trade and Development Workshop 2023 explores the role of international trade coincident with growing Global Value Chains and export led growth, as well as movements in the location of production and specialization moving millions of people from the countryside to the city.

After a successful and social workshop last year, we invite researchers in International Trade and Development to King's College London again to join in an informal workshop. This time we expect fewer prime ministers and be in the lovely River Room and Somerset Rooms of the King's Building along the Thames.

There are six talks with speakers who have kindly donated their travel funds for food and cocktails and we need discussants. All attendees must sign up on this link (TBA) where you can indicate if you are willing to discuss and/or join the Saturday hike.

As we have a capacity constraint, please let us know if you cannot make the conference, or if you have any dietary/accessibility needs.


13 May

Hike from Berwick to Seaford. Meet at London Bridge rail station (meeting point at The Heart) at 8.50


14 May (Speakers/Discussants)

16.30: Shakespeare’s and Dickens’ Old City Tour: Please meet at St. Paul's station (on the Central Line) at Exit 2

19.15: Dinner at Morito


15 May

9.00 Registration and Coffee


9.20 Rural Migrants and Urban Informality: Evidence from Brazil

Authors: Clement Imbert and Gabriel Ulyssea (UCL)

Discussant: Guzman Ourens


10.20 Break for Discussion


10.40 The geography of knowledge production: connecting islands and ideas

Author: Andrew Bernard (Dartmouth)

Discussant: Giammario Impullitti


11.40 Lunch


12.30 Community Networks and Trade

Authors: Johannes Boken, Lucie Gadenne, Tushar Nandi, Marta Santamaria (Warwick)

Discussant: Phillip McCalman


13.30 Break for Discussion


13.50 Multinational Ownership and Trade Participation

Authors: Paola Conconi (Oxford) (with Glenn Magerman, Fabrizio Leone, and Catherine Thomas).

Discussant: Zhihong Yu


15.00 Break for Discussion


15.20 Disruptions Along the Global Supply Chain

Alejandro G. Graziano and Yuan Tian (Nottingham)

Discussant: PIerre-Louis Vezina


16.20 Break for Discussion


Keynote for Service to the London Community

16.40 Rethinking Revealed Comparative Advantage with Micro and Macro Data

Authors: Hanwei Huang (CUHK) and Gianmarco Ottaviano (Bocconi)

Discussant: Ben Zissimos

17.40 Cocktails and Canapes

At this event

John  Morrow

Reader in Economics

Elodie Andrieu

PhD Student in Economics

Liang Bai

Senior Lecturer in Economics

Event details

River Room
Strand Building
Strand Campus, Strand, London, WC2R 2LS

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