Policy Papers by Professor Daniel Trefler

*    Many of my contributions to Canadian competitiveness can be found in the working papers of the Institute for Competitiveness & Prosperity and the annual reports of the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress.  The contributions can be found at www.competeprosper.ca .


*   “The New World Division of Labor” with Elhanan Helpman. Paper prepared for the Conference “Offshore Outsourcing: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned,” Roman School of Management, University of Toronto, October 26-27, 2006.  Sponsored by Industry Canada and the Rotman School of Management


*   “Think Globally, Invest Locally: Responding to the Rise of Offshoring.”  Rotman Magazine, Fall 2005, pages 42-45.

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*   Successful Economies, Failed Economics: What the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement Teaches Us about International Economics.” In The Macdonald Commission Report 20 Years On. Edited by David Laidler and Bill Robson.  Toronto: C.D. Howe Institute, 2005, pages 111-120.

*   “What Happened When Two Rich Countries Liberalized Trade? Pain, and Then Gain,” by Virginia Postrel, New York Times Magazine, January 27, 2005, page C2.  

     This is a write-up of my American Economic Review article called “The Long and Short of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.”


*   “Looking Back: How Childhood Experiences Impact a Nation’s Wealth.”  Rotman Magazine, Spring/Summer 2004, pages 13-16. 

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*   “Multinationals and the Location of Production.  This is a presentation I made at the United Nations Conference on Project Link.  Link is the UN’s macroeconomic model of the world.  (2003)


*   “Competitiveness: A Special Series” in The National Post, Financial Post Section. I was the series editor for a 12-part weekly series on Canadian competitiveness. My series introduction, "Defrocking the Priests of Productivity" appeared on May 13, 2002, page FP11.


*    “Does Canada Need a Productivity Budget?Policy Options, 20 (July-August 1999): 66-71.


*   Quality vs. Quantity.” The Globe & Mail Report on Business Magazine, July 1999, pages 57-58.


*   Immigrants and Natives in General Equilibrium Trade Models. This was a paper commissioned by the U.S. congress via the National Academy of Sciences on U.S. immigration policy.  It is published in The Immigration Debate: Studies on the Economic, Demographic, and Fiscal Effects of ImmigrationPolicy Optionsedited by James P. Smith and Barry Edmonston. Washington D.C.: National Academy Press, 1998, pages 206-238.


*   “No Pain, No Gain: Lessons from the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.” in Incomes and Productivity in North America. Dallas: Bernan Press and the Commission for Labor Cooperation, 1997, pages 25-42.


*  Canada and the Asian Pacific.” ACS Bulletin, Vol. 20 (Spring,1998): 11-14. Montreal: Association for Canadian Studies (With Walid Hejazi.)   This is a summary of a paper on whether Canada should pursue trade policies focused on the Asian Pacific.

      For the full paper see “Canada and the Asia Pacific: Views from the Gravity, Monopolistic Competition, and Heckscher-Ohlin Models” In The Asia-Pacific Region in the Global Economic: A Canadian Perspective edited by Richard G Harris. Calgary: University of Calgary, 1996, pages 47-83. (With Walid Hejazi.)


*   My Brains and Your Looks: Canada in an Innovative World. CIAR Working Paper.  This was a paper prepared for the Canadian Deputy Ministers Retreat, January 27, 1999


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