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Department of Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics


Andersons Program in International Trade

The Andersons Program in International Trade is a broad-based program focusing on research and outreach in the area of international trade and public policy. Recent research from the program has focused on: vertical market structure and the impact of trade liberalization on developing country market access; government labeling policies and credence goods; and the relationship between trade and environmental policy. Currently, research is being conducted on carbon tariffs and trade; intellectual property rights and US seed exports; and also the potential the impact of R&D on market structure in the life sciences sector. Recent outreach work from the program has covered topics such as: food prices and trade policy; the Euro crisis; regulation of shadow banking; the global financial crisis; China's trade; the WTO ruling on genetically modified foods; international trade and ethanol; prospects for the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization; regionalism vs. multilateralism in trade liberalization; the connection between trade and the environment; and the US trade deficit. Currently, the program is led by Professor Ian M. Sheldon.


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With Russia and Ukraine alone accounting for 12 percent of total calories traded (IFPRI, April 13, 2022), continuation of the war has intensified the vulnerability of developing countries to food insecurity, the G7 countries recently predicting 43 million people were being pushed towards famine (

Picture of a bundle of wheat tied with a blue and yellow ribbon.

The shock to global commodity markets following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to be the largest in the post-war period, and certainly since the oil crisis of the 1970s.  Over the past 30 year, the two countries have become major agricultural exporters, accounting for a quarter of globa