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UW to Host Researcher Known for International Trade Issue Studies

April 18, 2017
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Ian Sheldon

An agricultural economist known for his research on international trade issues pertaining to the food industry will speak at the University of Wyoming Friday, April 21.

Professor Ian Sheldon will discuss his paper, “Eco-labeling and the gains from agricultural and food trade: A Ricardian Approach,” at 3:30 p.m. in Room 137 in the Agriculture Building, says Mariah Ehmke, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.

Sheldon is the Andersons Chair of Agricultural Marketing, Trade and Policy in the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at Ohio State University.

His talk offers insights into approaches to valuing the effect of international trade on the environment and environmental valuation in international trade, Ehmke says.

“Some of the concerns people have regarding globalization and trade arise because people are concerned about possible detrimental environmental outcomes,” she says. “Sheldon’s research offers possible approaches to incorporate environmental values, especially for agricultural areas, into internationally traded food products.”

The U.S. strategy on international trade is undergoing change, Ehmke notes.

“The new presidential administration has signaled a shift away from multilateralism toward bilateralism and more protectionist measures,” she says. “It is a good time to have a speaker with Sheldon’s knowledge and understanding of agricultural trade around to help disentangle what these changes may mean for Wyoming agriculture.”

For more information, call Ehmke at (307) 766-5373.

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