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Robert Staiger

Robert Staiger

Dartmouth College
Fellow, 2020-21 Study #35
Fellow, 1996-97 Study #18

Robert Staiger is spending this year at CASBS working on The Design and Implementation of Trade Agreements, a book based on his 2016 Ohlin lectures that brings together research on the efficacy of various approaches to tariff bargaining, the importance of contractual incompleteness in trade agreements, the impacts of global value chains for the operation and design of trade agreements, and a series of current topics such as designing trade-in-services agreements, the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement provisions in trade agreements, trade agreements and regulatory convergence, and the possibilities for linkage between trade agreements and climate accords. 

Staiger is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences, and professor of economics, at Dartmouth College. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Staiger was a national fellow of the Hoover Institution (1988-89), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990-92), a senior staff economist at CEA (1991-92). He was a co-editor of the Journal of International Economics from 1995 to 2010 and served as editor (with Charles Engel) from 2010 through 2017; he was a reporter for the American Law Institute in its study of Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization (2002-12); and he has served on the selection panel for the WTO’s Award for Young Economists since 2009. He is also a fellow of the Econometric Society (since 2008). In the fall of 2016 Staiger gave the Ohlin lectures at the Stockholm School of Economics, and in the spring of 2018 he gave the Graham lecture at Princeton University. He was a CASBS fellow in 1996-97.

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Tyler Journal Articles

Bagwell, Kyle., Staiger, Robert W. 2001. "Will Preferential Agreements Undermine the Multilateral Trading System?." The Economic Journal 108(449): 1162-1182.
Bagwell, Kyle., Staiger, Robert W. 1999. "An Economic Theory of GATT." American Economic Review 89(1): 215-248.
Bagwell, Kyle., Staiger, Robert W. 2001. "Reciprocity, non-discrimination and preferential agreements in the multilateral trading system." European Journal of Political Economy 17(2): 281-325.