International Trade Summer School

International Trade Summer School

Aim & Focus Areas

Iran is the largest economy in the world that is still outside the World Trade Organization. What are the gains and challenges of integrating to the world economy for the Iranian consumers and producers? To answer these policy questions, it is imperative to understand the global economy and its institutions from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. The objective of this workshop is to bring interested Iranian scholars up to speed with the advances in International Trade Theory with an emphasis on Commercial Policy and Trade Agreements. It will cover topics including modern models of international trade, the global supply chain, and the purpose and the design of trade agreements.

Target Audience

The workshop is intended for graduate students and scholars with at least a basic knowledge of economic principles and international trade.


Dates: 31st July – 1st August, 2017

VenueThe International Trade Summer School will be held at Khatam University located at Hakim Azam Street in Vanak.

Registration: Registration is Mandatory and you must register by Thursday July 27th 8:00pm to reserve your space. To maintain the interactive and intimate nature of the program, we have very limited space and there will be a selection process. The registration fee is $200 but we offer scholarships for qualified applicants. If you are interested in attending the summer school go to:

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Dr. Mostafa BeshkarIndiana

First Session: Theory and Evidence on International Trade Policy and Agreements
Second Session: How Do Terms-of-Trade Effects Matter for Trade Agreements?

Mostafa Beshkar is Assistant Professor of Economics and Assistant Professor of International Relations at Indiana University. Dr. Beshkar’s research focuses on International Trade, with a special emphasis on trade policy and the institutions of international trade cooperation.

Professor Paola Conconi – Université Libre de Bruxelles

First Session: Internalizing Global Value Chains: A Firm-Level Analysis
Second Session: Form Final Goods to Inputs: The Protectionist Effect of Preferential Rules of Origin

Paola Conconi is a Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). She is also a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program, the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development, and a CESifo Research Fellow. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy. She is visiting professor at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) of the London School of Economics during 2016-2017.


Professor Marcelo OlarreagaUniversity of Geneva

First Session:
Second Session:

Marcelo Olarreaga is Professor of Economics at the University of Geneva and Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. Before joining the University of Geneva he worked as an economist in the Research Department of the World Bank, as well the Economics Research Division of the World Trade Organization. He has also been an invited professor at CERDI (France), the Graduate Institute (Switzerland), INSEAD (France), Institute CLAEH (Uruguay), SciencePo-Paris (France), Universidad de la República (Uruguay) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is currently doing research on the political economy of trade policy and trade agreements, barriers to developing countries exports and distributional and poverty impacts of trade reforms.


Dr. Kowsar Yousefi- IMPS

Total Factor Productivity of Iran’s Industry

Kowsar Yousefi is assistant professor of economics at Institute for Management and Planning Studies (IMPS). She completed her PhD at University of Texas at Austin in 2012 and was post-doctoral researcher at Northwestern University School of Law in 2012-2013.

Dr. Sadeq Z. Bigdeli- Shahid Beheshti University

Legal and Economic Implications of Iran’s Accession to the World Trade Organization

Sadeq Z. Bigdeli is a member of the Law Faculty at Shahid Beheshti University. He was a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Waikato in New Zealand from 2010 to 2016 (on leave from 2014). From 2015-2016, he was the First Vice President of the Iran Trade Promotion Organization and the Acting Head of International Affairs. In a relatively short period of time and in his capacity as Chief Negotiator appointed by the Ministry of Industry, Mine and Trade, Dr. Bigdeli succeeded in culminating the diplomatic support of the majority of key WTO member States in the form of a collective statement in the General Council in favor of reactivating Iran’s accession process…


Dr. Ahmad Lashkaripour– Indiana

First Session: The Gravity Models of International Trade
Second Session: Interdependence of Trade Policies in General Equilibrium

Ahmad Lashkaripour is Assistant Professor of Economics at Indiana University. His research interests are at the intersection of International trade and Economic development. His work emphasizes the role of composition (product-mix) in trade. Specifically, He studies the link between the characteristics of a nation and the structure of its foreign trade.