Launch: WTO World Trade Report 2017: Trade, technology and jobs

The session will begin with the launch of the World Trade Report 2017: Trade, technology and Jobs. Following the launch of the report, a group of eminent panellists will bring their experience to the discussion of the labour market effects of globalization and its implications for further integration, business strategy, macroeconomic relations, labour markets and how societies might better handle adjustment.

The World Trade Report 2017 examines how technology and trade – two of the most powerful drivers of global economic progress – affect employment and wages. It looks in particular into the part played by technology and trade in the shift of employment from manufacturing to services, in the decreasing proportion of middle-skilled jobs, and in the growing value placed on skills within the jobs market. It also analyses the challenges for workers and firms in adjusting to changes in labour markets and how governments can facilitate such adjustment to ensure that trade and technology are inclusive.

Panel discussion:

Pankaj Ghemawat, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy, IESE Business School and Global Professor of Management and Strategy and Director, Center for the Globalization of Education and Management, Stern School of Business, New York University

Robert Koopman, Chief Economist and Director, Economic Research and Statistics Division, WTO

Anne Krueger, Senior Research Professor, Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Professor Dennis Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Moderator: Roberto Azevêdo, Director-General, World Trade Organization

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