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Rotman Institute for International Business supports research and serves as the focal point for networking and interaction with the private sector, the policy community and other academics in North America and abroad. Research priorities are the global business environment, enterprise decision making in the global economy and the urban service economy. 

Directed by Professor Bernardo Blum, the Institute aims to become the destination of choice for anybody interested in international business issues. Rotman Institute for International Business serves as a platform for a number of related activities, such as the Policy Economic and Analysis Program (PEAP).

Rotman Institute for International Business (RIIB) has two parents, the Institute for International Business (IIB) and the Institute for Policy Analysis (IPA) which merged in September 2008.

The Institute for International Business was founded in the early 1990s with a mission to focus faculty research and teaching expertise on the changing global environment and Canadian competitiveness and disseminate its work to Canadians and abroad. An important objective of the Institute was to establish close relationships with policy advisers in government and business to further a two-way flow of ideas and research.

The Institute for Policy Analysis was established in 1967 as a research facility to encourage research on economic and social policy issues and to create close relationships with policy advisers in government and business to further a two-way flow of ideas and research.

Rotman Institute for International Business used to host Project LINK and the International Tax Program.  




Bernardo Blum, Director

Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy 

Bernardo Blum is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy and Director IIB at Rotman. 

Bernardo’s research falls into three broad areas: international trade, where his work examines the determinants of international trade patterns and the economic institutions that facilitate trade; urban economics, where his work examines the impact of urban agglomeration on the productivities of, and so returns to, different kinds of skills; and the determinants of income inequality.

He teaches an MBA course in International Economics.

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Wendy Dobson, Program Head: Trade, FDI and the Changing World Economy

Professor Emerita of Economic Analysis and Policy 

Wendy Dobson joined the Rotman School in 1990. Prior to that she was Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in Ottawa and President of the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada’s leading independent economic policy research organization. She is a non-executive director of Canadian companies in finance, energy and life sciences and is Vice-Chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board. Professor Dobson is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Institute of International Economics and the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center. She is also a member of a number of international networks, including the Pacific Trade and Development network (PAFTAD). 

Professor Dobson’s current research focuses on emerging market economies, economic integration in North America, the international financial system, regional and global governance, and Canadian public policy issues.

She teaches courses in open economy macroeconomics and international business.

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Ig Horstman, Program Head: Competition and Competition Policy

Professor of Economics 

Ignatius J. Horstmann is a Professor of Economics at The Rotman School of Management. He earned a BA from St. Joseph's University and a PhD from Boston College. He has taught at The University of Western Ontario and Boston College.

Professor Horstman's current research focuses on three areas: the organization of the firm, advertising and bargaining/negotiations.

His teaching interests are in the area of game theory as it applies to economic issues.

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Walid Hejazi, Coordinator of Outreach

Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy 

Walid Hejazi is an Associate Professor of Economic Analysis and Policy, and Academic Director, at the Rotman School of Management.

He has researched, advised, and testified extensively on global competitiveness, and is currently working on a series of studies which shed light on the competitiveness and productivity of Canadian firms. He is extensively involved in enhancing the prevalence of Islamic Finance in Canada.

He teaches Macro and Global Economics in Rotman’s MBA and EMBA programs, and has also delivered lectures in over 30 countries. Walid has also developed and teaches a successful MBA course in Islamic Finance, the first such course in Canada. 

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Dr. Andreea Ciologariu, Research Fellow 

Research Fellow 

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Audrey Lake, Administrative Coordinator

As an area administrator for the Economic Analysis and Policy at Rotman School of Management, Audrey provides valuable administrative support to the Rotman Institute for International Business. 

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