New Scenarios for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Implications for the Rest of the World


Room 060, Armstrong Building, 3420 Rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, CA

This talk with Michael Plummer is part of our Fall 2019 Policy Lectures Series. These academic talks are intended for McGill graduate students and faculty.

Despite a slowdown in global trade, an inward-looking US Administration, and potential statis at the WTO, the Asia-Pacific region is moving ahead with “mega-regional” trade agreements, including the CPTPP, its possible enlargement, and the Regional Economic Comprehensive Partnership (RCEP). This presentation will consider the economic, political economy, and strategic implications of these arrangements for the region and the world.

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About Michael Plummer

Michael Plummer has been Director of SAIS Europe since 2014. A SAIS Professor of International Economics since 2001 and the Eni Professor of Economics since 2008, he was Head of the Development Division of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris from 2010 to 2012; an associate professor at Brandeis University (1992-2001); and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Asian Economics (Elsevier) 2007-2015 (currently Editor-in-Chief Emeritus). He was president of the American Committee on Asian Economic Studies (ACAES) from 2008 until 2015. A former Fulbright Chair in Economics and Pew Fellow in International Affairs at Harvard University, he has been an Asian Development Bank (ADB) distinguished lecturer on several occasions and team leader of projects for various organizations including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the United Nations, the OECD, the ADB, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. He has taught at more than a dozen universities in Asia, Europe, and North America. Professor Plummer has advised several governments on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and is member of the editorial boards of World Development, the Asian Economic Journal; and the Journal of Southeast Asian Economics (formerly ASEAN Economic Bulletin). He is author/co-author of over 100 journal articles and book chapters. His PhD is in economics from Michigan State University.

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