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McGee Public Policy Lecture Series

The McGee Lecture Fund was established in 1996 by Mr. William K. McGee, Jr. to support a lecture series intended to bring outstanding economists to campus in the Department of Economics at the College of Arts and Science.  The lectures are open to the public, as well as to the Vanderbilt community.

2019-20 McGee Lecture

Schott 

Peter K. Schott
Yale University
Topic TBA

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Location TBA
4:10-5:30 pm, with reception to follow

Peter Schott's research focuses on  how firms and workers respond to globalization. His most recent projects examine the decline of U.S. manufacturing employment during the 2000s, the relative export quality of developing versus developed economies, and the relationship between trade policy and firm productivity.  

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