Economist Nina Pavcnik Is 2015 Presidential Faculty Lecturer


Nina Pavcnik, the Niehaus Family Professor of International Studies and a professor of economics, presents the 27th Presidential Faculty Lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25, in the Hood Auditorium.

Economist Nina Pavcnik, the Niehaus Family Professor in International Studies, presents the 27th Presidential Faculty Lecture, “The Tradeoffs of Trade,” on Feb. 25. (Photo by Rob Strong ’04)

Pavcnik will speak on “The Tradeoffs of Trade: Lessons from 30 Years of Policy Reforms in Developing Countries.”  The Presidential Lecture Series was established in 1987 by then-President James O. Freedman and honors the contributions of outstanding members of the Dartmouth faculty. Pavcnik’s lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.

“Dartmouth has been my academic home for the past 15 years and my colleagues and students have had an important impact on my research,” says Pavcnik. “I am honored and grateful for the opportunity to give the Presidential Faculty Lecture.”

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Pavcnik is an expert on the consequences of globalization, tracing them at every level, from government policy to the decisions made in individual households.

“The lives of the people and operations of firms are increasingly affected by international trade,” she says. Drawing on economic theory, “big data” on firms and individuals, and statistical methods, researchers in the field of international economics work “to uncover the mechanisms through which international trade affects allocation of resources across firms and individuals within a globalizing country,” she says, noting that their work also involves identifying the winners and losers from international trade.

Pavcnik says her lecture will offer an overview of the field, including her own research, “focusing on the consequences of international trade for firms and workers in developing countries.”

Pavcnik teaches courses in international trade and international economics. A native of the former Yugoslavia—of the area that became Slovenia—she has been a member of the Department of Economics since 1999. In addition, she has served as a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, the World Trade Organization, and the U.S. Department of Labor, and is a widely published and cited author of journal articles and book chapters on global trade, child labor, and poverty.


Kelly Sundberg Seaman