New Perspectives on International Trade, Development, and Macroeconomics

June 16-17, 2011

Organizers: Costas Arkolakis and Ariel Burstein

8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Andres Rodriguez-Clare, “Proximity versus Comparative Advantage: A Quantitative Theory of Trade and Multinational Production” (with Arkolakis, Ramondo, and Yeaple)
   Discussant: Pol Antras
10:00 Break
10:15 Robert Lucas, “Ideas and Growth” (with Alvarez and Buera)
   Discussant: Mike Waugh
11:15 Break
11:30 Chang-Tai Hsieh, “The Life-Cycle of Plants in India and Mexico” (with Pete Klenow)
   Discussant: Daniel Xu
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, “The Impact of Trade on Organization and Productivity” (with Lorenzo Caliendo)
   Discussant: Alex Monge-Naranjo
3:00 Break
3:15 Brent Neiman, “Trade Adjustment and Productivity in Large Crises” (with Gita Gopinath)
   Discussant: Virgiliu Midrigan
4:15 Break
4:30 Jim Schmitz, “Does Foreign Competition Spur Productivity: Evidence from Post WWII US Cement Manufacturing” (with Dunne and Klimek)
   Discussant: David Lagakos
7:00 Dinner, Ibiza, 39 High Street
8:00 Continental Breakfast
9:00 Nancy Stokey, “Specific Technical Change, Trade Dynamics, and the Skill Premium”
   Discussant: Joe Kaboski
10:00 Break
10:15 Samuel Kortum, “Staggered Adjustment and Trade Dynamics” (with Arkolakis and Eaton)
   Discussant: Lukasz Drozd
11:15 Break
11:30 Rob Feenstra, “In Search of the Armington Elasticity” (with Obstfeld and Russ)
   Discussant: Doireann Fitzgerald
12:30 Lunch
2:00 Arnaud Costinot, “Trade Protection and Currency Manipulation” (with Lorenzoni and Werning)
   Discussant: Oleg Itshoki
3:00 Break
3:15 George Alessandria, “Establishment Heterogeneity, Exporter Dynamics, and the Effects of Trade Liberalization” (Horag Choil)
   Discussant: Fabrizio Perri
4:15 Break
4:30 Peter Schott, “Trade Liberalization when Institutions Misallocate Resources” (with Khandelwal and Wei)
   Discussant: Paco Buera


Alessandria, George
Allen, Treb
Antras, Pol
Arkolakis, Costs
Atkin, David
Bachmann, Ruediger
Berger, David
Buera, Francisco
Burstein, Ariel
Caliendo, Lorenzo
Cohen, Alex
Cosar, A. Kerem
Eaton, Jonathan
Feenstra, Robert
Fitzgerald, Doireann
Garetto, Stefania
Goldberg, Pinelopi
Gollin, Douglas
Grossman, Gene
Hsieh, Chang-Tai
Itskhoki, Oleg
Kaboski, Joseph
Kortum, Samuel
Lagakos, David
Lu, Dan
Midrigan, Virgiliu
Monge-Naranjo, Alexander
Mutreja, Piyusha
Neiman, Brent
Ossa, Ralph
Perri, Fabrizio
Phelan, Gregory
Rodriguez-Clare, Andres
Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban
Ruhl, Kim
Schmitz, James
Schott, Peter
Simonovska, Ina
Sinha, Arunima
Smith, Tony
Stokey, Nancy
Tello Trillio, Cristina
Timoshenko, Olga
Tybout, James
Vavra, Joseph
Waugh, Michael
Xu, Daniel Yi
Zhang, Jing

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, e.g., or

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.