Robert Z. Lawrence

Nonresident Senior Fellow

Robert Z. Lawrence, nonresident

senior fellow since 2001, is the Albert L. Williams Professor of Trade and Investment at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as a member of his Council of Economic Advisers in 1999. He held the New Century Chair as a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and founded and edited the Brookings Trade Forum. Lawrence has been a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at Brookings (1983–91), a professorial lecturer at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1978–81), and an instructor at Yale University (1975). He has served as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the World Bank, the OECD, and UNCTAD. He is the author of more than 100 papers and articles on topics in the field of international economics, particularly on global integration, trade in the Middle East, and the impact of trade on the labor market. He is also the author or coauthor of several books, including Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States? (forthcoming), Blue-Collar Blues: Is Trade to Blame for Rising US Income Inequality? (2008), Case Studies in US Trade Negotiation (2006), Anchoring Reform with a US-Egypt Free Trade Agreement (2005), Has Globalization Gone Far Enough? The Costs of Fragmented Markets (2004), Crimes and Punishment? Retaliation under the WTO (2003), and Globaphobia: Confronting Fears about Open Trade (Brookings Institution Press; 1998).

Non-Institute Publications

"How Should Sub-Saharan African Countries Think about Global Value Chains?" [PDF] Bridges Africa, 2:1, March 2013, pp. 12–16.

Succeeding in the Global Economy: An Adjustment Assistance Program for American Workers [PDF], Financial Services Forum White Paper, with Grant D. Aldonas and Matthew J. Slaughter, July 2008.

Stabilizing State and Local Budgets: A Proposal for Tax-base Insurance, Brookings Institution Policy Brief and Discussion Paper 2008–01, with Akash Deep, June 2008.
Discussion Paper [PDF]
Policy Brief [PDF]

The Global Enabling Trade Report 2008, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland, June 18 2008.

Recent Content

Trade & Investment Policy Watch
April 18, 2016
PIIE Briefing
C. Fred Bergsten (PIIE), Lee G. Branstetter (PIIE), Cathleen Cimino-Isaacs (PIIE), Caroline Freund (PIIE), R. Michael Gadbaw (Georgetown Law Center), Jennifer Hillman (Cassidy Levy Kent and Georgetown University Law Center), Robert Z. Lawrence (PIIE), Sean Miner (PIIE), Tyler Moran (PIIE) and Jeffrey J. Schott (PIIE)
March 2016
Event Recap
Gary Clyde Hufbauer (PIIE), Robert Z. Lawrence (PIIE), Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz (International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development) and Richard Samans (Global Green Growth Institute)
March 9, 2016