Short courses for Permanent Missions in Geneva
Organized by the Division on Technology and Logistics, Knowledge Development Branch
Policy Capacity Building Section / P166 Courses
Trade, trade policy , and inequality
Palais des Nations, Geneva (Room XXVI)
Tuesday, 19 March 2019 (10:00 to 13:00)

Inequality has become a core concern of many policy makers around the world. An important objective of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to reduce inequality within and among countries (SDG 10). Trade has been often blamed for generating or exacerbating inequality not only amongst countries but also within countries. However, the relationship between trade and inequality both within and among countries is complex and not necessarily unidirectional. The main objective of the course is to qualify this relationship referring the most recent advances in economic theory and, using the most up to date facts and empirical evidence. The course starts with a description of the major dimensions of inequality and a discussion of the ways to measure them. It then defines and describes the different channels of transmission of any policy reform on inequality patterns. The last section of the course focuses on the role played by trade policy in framing inequality patterns. It also touches upon the question of how international cooperation in wake of SDG17 could help in promoting convergence in general.  

The main objective of the course is to provide factual, methodological and analytical elements for a better and more informed understanding and appreciation of the policy debate about inequality and its consequences. By the end of the course participants will be able to define precisely the different dimensions of inequality and their measurement. They will also be able to identify any relevant channel of transmission between some policy reform with a strong focus on trade policy and the main dimensions of inequality. They will also be given the opportunity to discuss in detail any policy element they may have to focus in their professional duties. 


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