article by Dave Donaldson,
entitled “Railroads of the Raj: Estimating the impact of transportation
infrastructure”, provides a theoretical and empirical investigation of the
impact of large transportation infrastructure projects on income and trade.
In the judgment of the Selection Panel, this article represents an important
contribution in the area of trade facilitation that will capture the
attention of trade experts and the economics profession at large.
The article by
Olena Ivus, entitled “Do stronger patent rights raise
high-tech exports to the developing world?”, studies the effects of the
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement on
the volume and the price of high-tech/patent-sensitive exports from
developed to developing countries. According to the Selection Panel, this
paper is an extremely well-crafted analysis that offers insights relevant to
the policy debate.
Their papers were ranked equal first by the Selection Panel (see below). Mr
Donaldson and Ms Ivus will share the prize of CHF 5,000 for the Essay Award,
which was launched in 2009.
Dave Donaldson is a British and Canadian national.
He studied physics at the University of Oxford (UK) and received a Ph.D. in
economics from the London School of Economics (UK). He is an Assistant
Professor in the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Boston (USA).
Olena Ivus is from Ukraine and studied economics at the Chernihiv State
Institute of Economics and Management (Ukraine). She received a Ph.D. in
economics from the University of Calgary (Canada). She is currently an
Assistant Professor in the Queen's School of Business at Queen's University,
The Selection Panel for the Essay Award comprised
Dr. Jagdish Bhagwati (Professor of Economics, Columbia University), Dr.
Hakim Ben Hammouda (Director, Institute for Training and Technical
Cooperation, WTO), Dr. Patrick Low (Director, Economic Research and
Statistics Division, WTO), Dr. Robert Staiger (Professor of Economics,
Stanford University), Dr. Alberto Trejos (Professor of Economics, INCAE
Business School). Dr. Michele Ruta (Economist, Economic Research and
Statistics Division, WTO) coordinated the work of the Panel.
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