Mr. Rodrik, who began his career at UNCTAD, is the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in the United States, and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London. He was previously professor of economics and international affairs at Columbia University, New York.
Professor Rodrik´s new book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? (Institute for International Economics, March 1997) was called "one of the most important economic books of the decade" in Business Week. The book rejects the implication in its title, but argues that globalization can succeed, and be sustained, only if appropriate domestic policy measures are undertaken to cushion the impact on groups that are adversely affected. Moreover, he concludes that policy measures must be taken to equip all sectors of society to take advantage of the benefits of globalization - rather than be undermined by it.
Research interests of Professor Rodrik cover international economics, economic development, and political economy. He has published widely on issues related to trade policy and economic reform in developing and transitional economies. He is the co-author of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union in the World Economy (1991) and co-editor of The Economics of Middle East Peace (1993). His most recent research is concerned with the consequences of international economic integration, the role of conflict-management institutions in determining economic performance, and the political economy of policy reform.
Professor Rodrik was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1957, and is a national of Turkey.
The Raúl Prebisch Lectures were instituted in 1982 by Mr. Gamani Corea, the then Secretary-General of UNCTAD, to honour Raúl Prebisch, UNCTAD´s founding Secretary-General. The first lecture was given by the late Dr. Raúl Prebisch himself. The second one was by the late Shrimati Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, on the occasion of UNCTAD VI (Belgrade, 1983), the third by Dr. Saburo Okita of Japan on the occasion of UNCTAD VII (Geneva, 1987), the fourth by Academician Abel G. Aganbegyan, one of the principal economic advisers of the Government of the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of UNCTAD (Geneva, 1989). The fifth lecture was jointly given by Dr. Bernard T. Chidzero, Senior Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development of Zimbabwe, Mr. Michel Rocard, former Prime Minister of France, and Mr. Enrique Iglesias, President of the Inter-American Development Bank, on the occasion of UNCTAD VIII (Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, 1992). The sixth lecture, held on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of UNCTAD in Geneva in 1994, was delivered by Mr. John H. Dunning, Professor of International Business at the State University of New Jersey, USA. The most recent in the series, the seventh, was held on the occasion of the ninth session of UNCTAD in Midrand, South Africa, in 1996. It was delivered by Mr. Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics and Professor of Political Science at Columbia University, USA.
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