How to Deal with the Globalization Backlash?
13.11.2017, Kaufleuten Zurich
2016 was the year when basic tenets of the international order were challenged – first in the UK and then in the U.S. Since then, Donald Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and is threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement, to introduce new tariffs on various countries, and to diminish immigration. Europe is in the midst of acrimonious Brexit negotiations, whose outcome and wider international impacts remain unclear. The ongoing migration crisis is leading to a tightening of immigration policies around the globe. Are we on the brink of an era of de-globalization and re-nationalization?
At this year’s Forum, we want to assess the gains and challenges of globalization and to evaluate strategies for dealing with a potential globalization backlash. Panel sessions include “Free trade – an idea in decline?”, “How to do business amidst the globalization backlash?”, and “How much globalization do we want?”.
Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz (Warsaw School of Economics), member of the Group of 30, former Polish Finance Minister and former Chairman of the Polish National Bank, will deliver the opening keynote lecture.
This year's Forum for Economic Dialogue will be concluded with the Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society delivered by Prof. Dani Rodrik (Harvard University).
Download the whole program, including more information about our speakers here.
Entrance is free, but registration is needed. Please register here.
|9.00 a.m.||Door opening|
Prof. Ernst Fehr, Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Opening lecture: Globalization and its critics
Prof. Leszek Balcerowicz, Warsaw School of Economics, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, and President of the National Bank of Poland
|10.45 a.m.||Coffee break|
Morning session: Free trade – an idea in decline
Prof. David Dorn, University of Zurich
State Secretary Marie-Gabrielle Ineichen-Fleisch, SECO
Prof. Kevin O’Rourke, University of Oxford
Chair: Prof. Ralph Ossa, University of Zurich
Afternoon session: How to do business amidst the globalization backlash?
Prof. Laura Alfaro, Harvard Business School
Karl Gernandt, Kühne + Nagel
Prof. Beatrice Weder di Mauro, University of Mainz
Chair: Prof. Florian Scheuer, University of Zurich
|3.45 p.m.||Coffee break|
Disputation: How much globalization do we want?
Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister of Sweden
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform
Moderator: Dr. Katja Gentinetta, GENTINETTA*SCHOLTEN Ltd.
Prof. Joachim Voth, Scientific Director of the UBS International Center of Economics in Society
Zurich Lecture of Economics in Society: The Economics of Populism
Prof. Dani Rodrik, Harvard University
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