The United States Turns Inward: Thoughts on US Trade Policy and US-Asian Trade Relations


Keith Maskus (University of Colorado)
20 Apr 2018 (Friday)
12:30 - 2:00 pm
EY, 22/F CITIC Tower, 1 Tim Mei Avenue, Admiralty, Hong Kong

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Reflecting the era of growing trade skepticism and nationalism, the Trump Administration is taking US trade policy into directions that both raise American trade barriers and raise risks for the global trading system itself.  The withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was an early and unfortunate example and the trend continues with concerns about NAFTA, the US-Korean FTA, and tariffs on steel and aluminum erected ostensibly for national security reasons.  There is also an evident intention to become more confrontational with China over trade and investment issues.  The author will discuss why these pressures exist, how costly these actions might be, and potential implications for the Asia-Pacific region. 

This event is part of the HKUST IEMS & IPP - EY Emerging Market Insights Series.  

About the Speaker

Keith E. Maskus is an Arts and Sciences Professor of Distinction and Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA. He was Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of State, where he led research and analysis on a wide range of international economic and security topics relevant to U.S. Foreign policy. He serves also as a consultant for the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Prof Maskus was Associate Dean for Social Sciences at CU Boulder from 2007-2013. He has been a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He is also a Research Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a Fellow at the Kiel Institute for World Economics, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Adelaide. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Adelaide and the University of Bocconi, and a visiting scholar at the CES-Ifo Institute at the University of Munich and the China Center for Economic Research at Peking University. He recently chaired a panel of the National Academy of Sciences on intellectual property management in standards-setting organizations.

Having received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 1981, Prof Maskus has written extensively about various aspects of international trade. His current research focuses on the international economic aspects of protecting intellectual property rights. He is the author of Intellectual Property Rights in the Global Economy, published by the Institute for International Economics, and co-editor of International Public Goods and the Transfer of Technology under a Globalized Intellectual Property Regime, published by Cambridge University Press. He recently wrote a piece analyzing the need for reforms in U.S. patent policy, published by the Council on Foreign Relations. A new volume, Private Rights and Public Problems: The Global Economics of Intellectual Property in the 21st Century, was published in 2012 by the Peterson Institute for International Economics.

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