Trade Economist at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Awarded Fellowship from the Bank of Canada

Toronto – An internationally respected trade economist at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management is the recipient of the Bank of Canada’s Fellowship Award for 2021.

Daniel Trefler, a professor of economic policy and analysis, received the award, which is a renewal of the fellowship first awarded to him by the Bank in 2016. The Fellowship Award provides financial support to academics who are recognized for their expertise and research in areas important to the Bank’s core functions for up to a five-year term.

Prof. Trefler holds the J. Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School and is a Senior Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research looks notably at the effects of shifting global value chains, the consequences of China’s rise, and the potential impacts of digitalization on trade in financial and other services. His has been instrumental in the design and pursuit of trade agreements that promote productivity, innovation and investment while minimizing the harmful effects on workers and the most disadvantaged.  As an advisor to Global Affairs Canada, he helped inform the department’s work on the Canada-EU trade agreement and consulted on the NAFTA renegotiations.  He previously received the Killam Prize for his exceptional career achievement in the field of social sciences in 2016, his first Bank of Canada Fellowship Award in the same year, and three major awards from the Canadian Economics Association.  

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