Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies Project Archive
Below you will find a chronological list of current Center research projects. You can search by issue or region by selecting the appropriate category. In addition to this sorting control, you can search for specific subjects within the alphabetical, regional, and issue categories by choosing from the selections in the drop-down menu below.
Each project page contains the name of the project director, a description of the project, a list of meetings it has held, and any related publications, transcripts, or videos.
Immigration is a toxic political issue in the United States. This report by University of California, San Diego, professor Gordon Hanson indicates that the economic costs of illegal immigration roughly match the economic benefits. That is, the net economic impact of illegal immigration is close to zero. Thus, the political debate must revolve around how other sources of costs, or efforts to curb illegal immigration, such as increased border enforcement, would result in a net loss to the U.S.economy. He also finds that illegal immigration provides a labor supply that more closely tracks shifts in the need for labor across time and geography, while legal immigration—even when temporary—cannot keep up with these cyclical shifts. Any policy aimed at addressing the demand for low-skilled labor must also address the need for flexibility.
January 2006—January 2007
The Doha negotiations have stalled since last summer, and, as the November elections in the United States highlighted, American advocates of economic nationalism are growing in strength. Nevertheless, Robert Lawrence makes a case for the effectiveness of the World Trade Organization (WTO), particularly its dispute settlement system, and the benefits that would accrue to the United States and others from improving its effectiveness. These benefits include expanding world trade and increasing support for an often beleaguered organization that is central to the conduct of world trade.
In this Council Special Report, Professor Lawrence addresses the critics of the dispute settlement mechanism—both those who think it should be tougher on countries that violate trade rules and those who think it is already so tough as to violate sovereignty. He points out the successes of the WTO since its creation in 1995 and argues that radical changes to the system are ill-advised. Lawrence nonetheless suggests several areas for reform, from steps that require multilateral negotiations, such as improving opportunities for nonstate actor participation in and enhancing transparency of the process, to changes the United States could make in its own behavior.
Part of the Bernard and Irene Schwartz Series on American Competitiveness.
This roundtable series brings together policymakers, scholars, and journalists to explore current policy challenges that have both economic and national security dimensions.
This report evaluates the effectiveness of the U.S. intellectual property regime in encouraging innovation and discusses the U.S. push to harmonize intellectual property standards with its trading partners. Professor Maskus argues that the intellectual property system is so skewed toward patent holders that it actually discourages innovation, and that the aggressive drive toward harmonization with other countries should be replaced by an emphasis on the enforcement of existing standards.
Cosponsored with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and Macroeconomic Advisers
Georgetown University Conference Center
May 1, 2005—July 31, 2010
This series assesses innovation and technological entrepreneurship in Asia, evaluates the impact of emerging technological capabilities on American economic, political, and military power, and recommends policies designed to ensure continued U.S. technological superiority.
January 1, 2005—June 30, 2006
This project will examine the fundamental international economic changes that have occurred globally in the past half century, discuss how they affect security and stability in the world, and explore how American foreign policy should respond.
March 1, 2005—April 1, 2006
Made possible by the generosity of Bernard L. Schwartz, this roundtable series explores issues that affect the competitiveness of the U.S. economy. Meetings have addressed issues such as the sustainability of the U.S. current account deficit, the effectiveness of the WTO dispute settlement process, and intellectual property rights.
June 16, 2005—June 17, 2005
Co-sponsored by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and The Neil D. Levin Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce.
March 4, 2005—March 5, 2005
February 8, 2005—Study Group Meeting
This project examined the desirability of dollarization in developing countries as well as its role in promoting international financial stability.
December 1, 2004—January 1, 2006
This meeting series is designed to bring Council members together in a small seminar environment to discuss new and innovative thinking at the intersection of economics and foreign policy.
March 8, 2004—May 25, 2005
This roundtable series explored the influence of multinational corporations and business leaders in the Middle East and North Africa and discussed whether the private sector, as a byproduct of its operations, could influence development.
Morning Panel 1: Macroeconomic Policy and the U.S. Deficits
Morning Panel 2: Monetary Policy in a Liquidity Trap
Luncheon Panel: Policy Challenges in an Interdependent World
Afternoon Panel 1: Inflation Targeting
Afternoon Panel 2: Macroeconomic Policy in the European Union
This conference explored NAFTA's economic performance, its implications for continued North American integration and its lessons for the crafting of American trade policy.
January 1, 2003—September 1, 2004
Financial markets, institutions, and instruments are playing an increasing role in American foreign policy, both as servants of traditional foreign policy aims, such as national security, and as objects, in their own right, of foreign trade and market access negotiations. Tensions and contradictions abound in this formulation, and are apparent in fierce policy debates over the merits of IMF bailouts, dollarization, financial sanctions, and market access restrictions. The project director is writing a book that examines the growing role of finance in foreign policy, why it is important, where its effects are misunderstood, and how institutional reforms can help in managing incompatible goals. Sessions of this study group will provide feedback on draft chapters.