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Daniel Trefler

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    Daniel Trefler

    Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity
    Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy

    Degrees: PhD, UCLA
    MPhil, University of Cambridge
    BA, University of Toronto
    Email: Send an email to Daniel Trefler
    Phone: 416-946-7945

    Bio

    Daniel Trefler is the J. Douglas and Ruth Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management and a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies.

    Professor Trefler is an internationally respected trade economist, known for his path-breaking contributions to fundamental research. This research has been instrumental in the design and pursuit of trade agreements that promote productivity, innovation and investment while minimizing the harmful effects on workers and the most disadvantaged. In recent years he has advised Global Affairs Canada on national policies towards foreign direct investment and helped to frame the document that launched the Canada-EU trade agreement.

    The importance and influence of Professor Trefler’s work has been recognized through numerous distinctions including the 2016 Killam Prize in Social Sciences (Canada’s ‘Nobel Prize’), the 2016 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award, a Canada Research Chair, and all three major awards of the Canadian Economics Association.

    Born and raised in Toronto, Professor Trefler holds degrees in economics from the University of Toronto (BA), Cambridge University (M.Phil) and UCLA (Ph.D). 

    Academic Positions

    1997 to Current  Professor; Rotman School of Management
    1994-96  Visiting Associate Professor; The Irving B.Harris Grad School of Public Pol.Studies, Univ of Chicago
    as of July 1994  Associate Professor; University of Toronto
    1990-94  Assistant Professor; Department of Economics, University of Toronto
    1988-90  Lecturer; Department of Economics, University of Toronto

    Non-Academic Positions

    Current  Research Fellow;Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
    Current  Member;Ont Task Force on Comp, Prod & Econ Progress
    Current  Research Associate;National Bureau of Economic Research
    Current  Research Fellow;CD Howe Institute
    Current  Co-Editor;Journal of International Economics

    Selected Publications - Papers

    Selected Publications - Books and Chapters

    • Mexico and Canada Before and After NAFTA; In NAFTA at 20, edited by Michael Boskin; Hoover Institution Press; 2014; Pages: pp 38-42
    • Domestic Institutions as a Source of Comparative Advantage; with Nathan Nunn. In Handbook of International Trade; edited by Gita Gopinath, Elhanan Helpman, and Kenneth Rogoff. Amsterdam: Elsevier; Issue: Volume 4; 2014; Pages: pp263-315
    • The New World Division of Labor; with Elhanan Helpman. In Offshore Outsourcing: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned, edited by Daniel Trefler, Toronto: Rotman School of Management and Industry Canada; 2010; Pages: pp2.1-2.25
    • Canadian Policy Responses to Offshore Outsourcing; In Offshore Outsourcing: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned, edited by Daniel Trefler; 2010; Pages: pp1, 1-1.30
    • Offshore Outsourcing: Capitalizing on Lessons Learned; edited by Daniel Trefler; Toronto: Rotman School of Management and Industry Canada; 2010
    • The Boundaries of the Multinational Firm: An Empirical Analysis; In The Organization of Firms in a Global Economy, edited by Elhanan Helpman, Dalia Marin, and Thierry Verdier. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press; 2008; Pages: pp55-83. With Nathan Nunn
    • Service Offshoring: Threats and Opportunities; In Brookings Trade Forum 2005: Offshoring White-Collar Work, edited by Susan M. Collins and Lael Brainard. Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press; 2006; Pages: pp35-60
    • 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: pp111-120
    • A Time to Sow, A Time to Reap: The FTA and Its Impact on Productivity and Employment; In Productivity Issues in Canada edited by Someshwar Rao and Andrew Sharpe. Calgary: University of Calgary Press; 2002; Pages: pp357-569. With Gary Sawchuk

    Honors and Awards

    2016-2021  Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), How We Compete: Canadian Firms Responding to the Rise of the Chinese Economy
    2016  Killam in the Social Sciences
    2015 to 2020  Bank of Canada Fellowship Award
    2011-2014  The Complex Integration Strategies of Multinational Corporations; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    2010  Noni MacDonald Award
    2010-2017  Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity
    2009-2010  International Trade, Inequality, and Institutional Change; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    2008-2011  Global Sourcing and Capability Building: Threats and Opportunities for Canada; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    2004-2010  International Competitiveness and Domestic Institutions; Canada Research Chair
    2004-2007  International Trade and Domestic Institutions; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    2006  Offshore Outsourcing Capitalizing on Lessons Learned; Industry Canada, sponsored conference-organizer
    2000-2003  International Trade as if People Matter; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
    2000  Rae Prize; Canadian Economic Association for Excellence in Research

    Research and Teaching Interests

    International Trade, Canadian Competitiveness and Prosperity  

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