2022 Summer Conference: International Trade

June 8-9, 2022

Location: Yale School of Management 
Evans Hall, 165 Whitney Ave., Room 2410

[Hotel Map - Building Map]

Organizers: Laura Alfaro and Diana Van Patten



Wednesday, June 8
8:00am to 9:00am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00am to 9:40am Benny Kleinman (Princeton University), Ernest Liu* (Princeton University), Stephen J. Redding (Princeton University), “Dynamic Spatial General Equilibrium”
9:40am to 9:50am

Discussant: Fernando Parro, Pennsylvania State University

10:00am to 10:40am Sheng Cai (Yale University), Lorenzo Caliendo* (Yale University), Fernando Parro (Pennsylvania State University), Wei Xiang (Yale University), “On the Mechanics of Spatial Growth”
10:40am to 10:50am

Discussant: Ana Maria Santacreu, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

11:00am to 11:30am

Coffee Break

11:30am to 12:10pm Fernando Alvarez* (University of Chicago), David Argente (Pennsylvania State University), Francesco Lippi (LUISS), Esteban Méndez (Central Bank of Costa Rica ), Diana Van Patten (Yale University), “Strategic Complementarities in a Dynamic Model of Technology Adoption”
12:10pm to 12:20pm

Discussant: Ezra Oberfield, Princeton University

12:30pm to 1:30pm


1:30pm to 2:10pm Dave Donaldson* (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Rodrigo Adao (University of Chicago Booth), Arnaud Costinot (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “Putting Quantitative Trade Models to the Test”
2:10pm to 2:20pm

Discussant: Felix Tintelnot, University of Chicago

2:30pm to 3:00pm

Coffee Break

3:00pm to 3:40pm Mary Amiti* (Federal Reserve Bank of New York), Cedric Duprez (National Bank of Belgium ), Jozef Konings (Nazarbayev University), John Van Reenen (London School of Economics), “FDI and Superstar Spillovers: Evidence from Firm-to-Firm Transactions”
3:40pm to 3:50pm

Discussant: Paola Conconi, Université Libre de Bruxelles

4:00pm to 4:40pm Brian McCaig (Wilfrid Laurier University), Nina Pavcnik (Dartmouth College), Woan Foong Wong* (University of Oregon), “FDI Inflows and Domestic Firms: Adjustments to New Export Opportunities”
4:40pm to 4:50pm

Discussant: Isabela Manelici, London School of Economics


Dinner - Catered by Olea Restaurant at Lorenzo Caliendo’s Home

Thursday, June 9
8:00am to 9:00am


9:00am to 9:40am David Atkin (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Joaquin Blaum* (Boston University), Pablo Fajgelbaum (University of California, Los Angeles), Augusto Ospital (University of California, Los Angeles), “Protectionism Unchained: Determinants and Consequences of Discretionary Trade Policy in Argentina”
9:40am to 9:50am

Discussant: Benjamin Faber, University of California Berkeley

10:00am to 10:40am Laura Alfaro (Harvard University), Maggie X. Chen (George Washington University), Davin Chor* (Dartmouth College), “Can Evidence-Based Information Shift Preferences Towards Trade Policy?”
10:40am to 10:50am

Discussant: Giovanni Maggi, Yale University

11:00am to 11:30am

Coffee Break

11:30am to 12:10pm Chad Jones (Stanford University), “Recipes and Economic Growth: A Combinatorial March Down an Exponential Tail”
12:10pm to 12:20pm

Discussant: Samuel Kortum, Yale University

12:30pm to 1:30pm


1:30pm to 2:10pm Xiang Ding (Georgetown University), Teresa C. Fort* (Dartmouth College), Stephen J. Redding (Princeton University), Peter K. Schott (Yale University), “Structural Change Within Versus Across Firms: Evidence from the United States ”
2:10pm to 2:20pm

Discussant: Jingting Fan, The Pennsylvania State University

2:30pm to 3:10pm Arnaud Costinot* (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Matti Sarvimaki (Aalto University), Jonathan Vogel (University of California, Los Angeles), “Exposure(s) to Trade and Earnings Dynamics: Evidence from the Collapse of Finnish-Soviet Trade”
3:10pm to 3:20pm

Discussant: Sharon Traiberman, New York University

3:30pm to 4:00pm

Coffee Break



Participants List

Fernando Alvarez
(University of Chicago)
Mary Amiti
(Federal Reserve Bank of New York)
David Argente
(Pennsylvania State University)
David Atkin
Andrew Bernard
Joaquin Blaum
(Boston University)
Anna Bykhovskaya
(Duke University)
Lorenzo Caliendo
(Yale University)
Xiaohong Chen
(Yale University)
Davin Chor
Paola Conconi
(Université Libre de Bruxelles (ECARES), CEPR)
Zara Contractor
(Yale University)
Lucas Conwell
(Yale University)
Arnaud Costinot
Alvaro Cox
(Yale University)
Jingyi Cui
(Yale University)
Dave Donaldson
Kevin Donovan
(Yale University)
Benjamin Faber
(UC Berkeley)
Jingting Fan
(Pennsylvania State University)
Tianyu Fan
(Yale University)
Cecilia Fieler
(Yale University)
John Finlay
(Yale University)
Teresa Fort
John Geanakoplos
(Yale University)
Claudia Gentile
(University of Zurich)
Nicolas Jimenez
(Yale University)
Chad Jones
(Stanford GSB)
Lorenzo Kaaks
(Yale University)
Cheolhwan Kim
(Yale University)
Samuel Kortum
(Yale University)
Brian Kovak
(Carnegie Mellon University)
Kala Krishna
(Pennsylvania State University)
Sun Kyoung Lee
(University of Michigan)
Jack Liang
(Yale University)
Ernest Liu
(Princeton University)
Giovanni Maggi
(Yale University)
Isabela Manelici
(London School of Economics)
Esteban Méndez
(Central Bank of Costa Rica)
Eduardo Morales
(Princeton University)
Guillermo Noguera
(Yale University)
Ezra Oberfield
(Princeton University)
Piyush Panigrahi
(Yale University)
Fernando Parro
(Pennsylvania State University)
Michael Peters
(Yale University)
Stephen Redding
(Princeton University)
Ana Maria Santacreu
(Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis)
Felix Tintelnot
(University of Chicago)
Anthony Tokman
(Yale University)
Sharon Traiberman
(New York University)
Diana Van Patten
(Yale University)
Anna Vitali
(University College London)
Jonathan Vogel
(University of California, Los Angeles)
Conor Walsh
(Columbia University)
Trevor Williams
(Yale University)
Woan Foong Wong
(University of Oregon)
Xilin Yuan
(Yale University)
Daojing Zhai
(Yale School of Management)

Conference Frequently Asked Questions

Yale provides visitors two Wi-Fi network options:

  • YaleGuest
  • Eduroam

YaleGuest is a public, insecure wireless network available for anyone’s use, but has limited network access. Due to security reasons, certain programs and functionality may not be accessible via the YaleGuest network, e.g., Dropbox, Skype, and Box.  

If possible, we recommended you use the Eduroam wireless network.  Eduroam (education roaming) is a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campuses when visiting other participating institutions.

If your institution is a partneraccess the Eduroam network by selecting Eduroam from the Wi-Fi list on your mobile device and sign-in using your home institution’s credentials*. View Eduroam’s complete listing of U.S. participating schools; International visitors can look for institutional listings on this country page.

For additional details, please contact your institution’s IT department or search your institution’s support page.

*Credential format is typically ID@UniversityName.edu, e.g., YaleNetID@yale.edu or SUNetID@win.stanford.edu

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 20 minute walk from the Blake Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Blake Hotel is to go south-east on George Street and turn left on Temple St. Temaple will merge into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).

The conference will be held at the Yale School of Management (SOM), Evans Hall located at 165 Whitney Ave and is about a 15 minute walk from the Omni Hotel. The easiest route to SOM from the Omni Hotel is to go north on Temple St. which merges into Whitney Avenue. SOM will be on the right side of the street across from the Peabody Museum (see map below).


For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles GE Conference, please send the following items by Friday, July 31, 2020.

For travel expense reimbursement for the 2020 Cowles Summer Conferences, please send the following items by Friday, September 11, 2020.


  • Complete the appropriate online conference travel reimbursement form (These online forms allow you to upload any/all relevant forms and receipts which will be bundled together as one document):
  • Please upload any/all receipts for airfare (economy only)/rail and ground transportation. Receipts must be itemized and show proof of payment (i.e., if paid by credit card the receipt should show the last 4 digits of the credit card).

Note, vouchers for previously canceled or unrelated travel cannot be reimbursed if used to pay for any Cowles related travel.





Email or send original receipts, completed travel reimbursement form, and applicable international forms to:

Darlene Smith
Event & Visitor Assistant Administrator
Cowles Foundation at Yale University
30 Hillhouse Avenue
P.O. Box 208281
New Haven, CT 06520

Email questions to Darlene Smith


The conference sessions are held on the second floor in Evans Hall at the Yale School of Management. Restrooms can be found on the perimeter of the building along the sides and back of the building.

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The Cowles Foundation is located in the heart of Yale’s campus at 30 Hillhouse Avenue.  Use the Yale online campus map to help find your way around.

If you need assistance with an Omni Hotel room reservation, please contact Alyson Perri, Convention Services Manager, Omni Hotels.

In cases of emergency, contact the appropriate department listed below:

You can also report a crime or send an anonymous text tip through our Bulldog Mobile (LiveSafe) app. (To register for Bulldog Mobile please visit the Yale LiveSafe page)

For addtional emergency information, visit the Yale Emergency Management website.

Yes, a shuttle bus will be arranged to drive between the hotel and conference location. Typically, an announcement will be sent out from Darlene Smith the day before with additional information.