"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."
Alexei Abrahams is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative, studying the Israel-Palestine Conflict. He researches conflict from an economics perspective, focusing on the Middle East and especially the Palestinian issue. In current work with Eli Berman, he is using natural language parsing techniques to study the principal-agent relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Authorities of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Along with several World Bank researchers he is using GIS techniques to estimate the economic consequences of Israeli checkpoints and roadblocks deployed inside of the West Bank during the Second Intifada. Part of Alexei's empirical work exploits nighttime lights satellite imagery as a proxy for economic activity, and he has coauthored an article partially funded by the World Bank to develop a method of deblurring these imagery. Prior to joining the Belfer Center, Alexei was a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute on Global Conflict Cooperation and Department of Economics, University of California - San Diego. He received his PhD in Economics from Brown University in May 2015.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm