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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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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

When surveying his decades-long career as a professor and researcher, Ian Sheldon says he started out his career as an industrial organization economist who paid some attention to the impact of trade on competition.