SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – University of Michigan Professor Alan Deardorff will speak on “The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Pros & Cons” for the sixth annual Harold Hotelling Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West 10 Mile Road, Southfield.
The annual lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by LTU’s College of Arts and Sciences and will be held in the Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in LTU’s Science Building.
The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) between the United States and 11 other countries on both sides of the Pacific Ocean would cover nearly 40 percent of the world’s gross domestic product. It would virtually eliminate tariffs and other barriers to international trade and would include protections for patents and other intellectual property rights.
Other proposed provisions are intended to improve environmental and labor standards. A mechanism would be provided for investors to initiate and settle disputes with host-country governments outside of national courts.
The TPP has run into stiff opposition in Congress, and each of its provisions would create winners and losers.
Deardorff is a professor of economics and public policy and has been a member of the U-M faculty since 1970. He has served as chair of U-M’s Department of Economics and associate dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
He has served as a consultant to many government agencies, including the U.S. Departments of State, Treasury, and Labor, and international institutions, including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the World Bank.
Deardorff is the editor and author of several books and has published numerous articles on international trade theory and policy.
Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. The Brookings Institution ranks Lawrence Tech fifth nationwide for boosting graduates’ earning power, PayScale lists it in the nation’s top 10 percent of universities for graduates’ salaries, and U.S. News and World Report places it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus in Southfield, Michigan, include over 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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