"Like the president he now serves, Anton doesn't understand how the global trading order actually works. Trade agreements are long and complicated today because they are no longer primarily concerned with reducing tariffs (which are already quite low). Instead, contemporary trade agreements are mostly about harmonizing labor, regulatory, environmental, and copyright standards across many different societies, precisely for the purpose of creating fairer competition between states. Agreements of this kind are very much in America's interest, because otherwise U.S. workers would have to compete with foreign industries where labor and environmental standards are much lower than they are in the United States."
The use of public sector employment by Arab regimes to appease politically significant groups in the post-independence period has led to oversized public sectors, high youth unemployment, especially among the educated, inappropriate investments in human capital and stagnant rates of female participation in economic activity. Please join us for a conversation with Professor Ragui Assaad, Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, to discuss these topics as part of the fall 2013 series led by Professor Djavad Salehi-Isfahani: "The Politics and Economics of Transition in the Arab World."
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We encourage you to come to this seminar having read the following paper:
About Professor Ragui Assaad:
Ragui Assaad, professor, researches labor policy and labor market analysis in developing countries, the informal economy, community and economic development, and developing countries' urban planning. His current research projects include studying the effects of economic reform on the Egyptian labor market, female labor supply in Egypt, and community development efforts among Cairo's informal waste collectors. Assaad has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, the Ford Foundation, and UNICEF. Assaad is a research fellow of the Economic Research Forum for the Arab Countries, Iran, and Turkey. He received a doctorate in city and regional planning from Cornell University and a master's degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He earned the Humphrey School's teacher of the year award in 1992, 1995, 1996, and 2000.