Richard Baldwin, founder of VoxEU and professor of international economics at IMD Business School, joins PIIE

WASHINGTON—The Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) is pleased to announce that Richard Baldwin, a professor of international economics at IMD Business School in Lausanne and founder and editor-in-chief of, joined the Institute as a nonresident senior fellow on June 1.

"We are thrilled to welcome the world-recognized visionary of trade and globalization, Richard Baldwin, as a colleague at the Peterson Institute. He will continue to provide intellectual leadership on the future of services trade, globotics, complex supply chains, and the political economy of international economic integration, adding strength to strength to PIIE's research team in these areas," said Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute. "Richard is a longtime friend of the Institute, and it is a delight to welcome him as an official colleague henceforth."

Baldwin said, "Peterson is unquestionably the world's leading think tank on international issues, so it is an honor and a pleasure to join the team. It is also the right time to shift focus from Geneva to Washington; DC has long been central to the world trade system, but now more than ever the city is at the heart of rethinking and reshaping of world trade and its governance."

Baldwin moves to IMD this year, after serving as professor of international economics at the Graduate Institute in Geneva since 1991 and editor-in-chief of, the online policy portal of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) he founded in 2007. He was director and then president of CEPR from 2014 to 2018. He was vice president of the PIIE Academic Advisory Board from 2008 to 2012.

Baldwin served as a senior staff economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers (1990–91) during the administration of President George H.W. Bush, following trade matters such as the Uruguay Round and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations, as well as numerous US-Japan trade conflicts.

Previously Baldwin was a visiting research professor at the University of Oxford (2012–15), a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Economics Department (fall 2002–03), and an associate professor at Columbia University Business School (1989–91, assistant professor 1986–89). He has served as CEPR's managing editor of Economic Policy (2000–2005), and policy director (2006–14) and program director of its international trade program (1991–2001). He also has been an adviser and consultant to many international organizations and governments.

Baldwin is the author of numerous books and articles; his most recent book is The Globotics Upheaval: Globalisation, Robotics, and the Future of Work (Oxford University Press, 2019). His 2016 book, The Great Convergence: Information Technology and the New Globalisation, was listed by Lawrence H. Summers as one of the five most important books on globalization ever.

Baldwin was a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on Trade from 2009 to 2015. He was an elected member on the Council of the European Economic Association (1999–2004, 2006–11).

He wrote his PhD in economics at MIT under the guidance of Paul Krugman and has coauthored a half dozen articles with him. He earned an MSc at the London School of Economics (1980–81) and a BA at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1976–80).

He has honorary doctorates from the Turku School of Economics and Business in Finland (2005), the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland (2012), and the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Peru (2014). He was named lifetime Schumpeter-Haberler Distinguished Fellow by the International Economic Association in 2021.


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