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FIW-Trade Talks “What next for the global trading system?”

with Robert B. Koopman (WTO, Graduate Institute)

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,


FIW is pleased to announce the 2nd edition of FIW-Trade Talks. Univ-Prof. Dr. Harald Oberhofer will talk with WTO-Chief Economist and Professor of Economics Robert B. Koopman on the topic " What next for the global trading system”.



Time: June 15, 2021, 4:00 p.m.

Location: online event (Zoom)

Registration is requested:

Language: English

Robert B. Koopman's presentation and the recording of the webinar are now available here for those who missed the live event.

Presentation slides:

Video recording:

FIW Trade Talks is a series of events organized by the Research Centre International Economics (FIW). International economic researchers or high-level policy makers are interviewed on current topics in international economics and economic policy.




Robert B. Koopman

Robert B. Koopman serves as the Chief Economist and Director of the Economic Research and Statistics Division at the World Trade Organization.

Prior to this post he served as the Director of Operations and Chief Operating Officer for the United States International Trade Commission. He also previously served as the Chief Economist and Director of the USITC Office of Economics, and held numerous leadership and research positions at the Economic Research Service of USDA.

Robert Koopman is also an Associate Professor at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and is a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research.


Harald Oberhofer

Harald Oberhofer is a Senior Economist at WIFO, the Austrian Institute of Economic Research. He is Professor of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

His research interests include International Economics, empirical Industrial Organisation and Applied Econometrics. Harald Oberhofer studied at the University of Innsbruck and holds a doctorate in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Innsbruck. Harald Oberhofer regularly serves as a consultant to international organisations such as the OECD and the World Bank, where he analyses the impact of institutional regulations on firm performance, also over the business cycle.