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Transcending borders for policy research and innovation


Overview The International Policy Center (IPC) was established at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in the fall of 2005. IPC is devoted to interdisciplinary research and education that advances the learning of Michigan faculty and students and informs policy makers on policy issues arising from an increasingly globalized world. In particular, the goal of IPC’s work is to demonstrate how in an interdependent world welldesigned policies of governments and international institutions can improve the welfare of people, especially those in developing nations.

Faculty Associates and Advisory Board IPC is supported by 36 faculty associates who examine a variety of policy issues including: regulation and operation of financial and labor markets, migration and remittances to underdeveloped countries, constraints on entrepreneurship and firm performance, the nature of and approaches to terrorism, and outcomes of international trade negotiations. Our faculty associates are: Robert Axelrod, Public Policy and Political Science Deborah Burand, Law Anusha Chari, Economics, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill John Ciorciari, Public Policy Alan Deardorff, Public Policy and Economics Kathryn Dominguez, Public Policy and Economics Scott Greer, Public Health Juan Carlos Hallak, Economics, Universidad de San Andres Sioban Harlow, Public Health John Jackson, Political Science Vikramaditya Khanna, Law E. Han Kim, Business Administration Margaret Kruk, Public Health David Lam, Economics and Population Studies Center James Levinsohn, Public Policy and Economics Melvyn Levitsky, Public Policy Ann Lin, Public Policy and Political Science Sharon Maccini, Public Policy Albert Park, Economics, Oxford University Shobita Parthasarathy, Public Policy Paolo Pasquariello, Business Administration Phil Potter, Public Policy and Political Science Jagadeesh Sivadasan, Business Administration Rachel Snow, Public Health and Population Studies Center Howard Stein, Public Health and Afro-American and African Studies

Robert Stern, Public Policy and Economics Jan Svejnar, Public Policy, Business Administration, and Economics Katherine Terrell, Public Policy and Business Administration Linda Tesar, Economics Rebecca Thornton, Economics Susan Waltz, Public Policy Marina Whitman, Public Policy and Business Administration Dean Yang, Public Policy and Economics Kathy Yuan, Finance, University of Michigan and London School of Economics Jing Zhang, Economics Minyuan Zhao, Multinational Strategy IPC has an Advisory Board comprised of: William Adams, Economics Robert Axelrod, Public Policy and Political Science Alan Deardorff, Public Policy and Economics John Jackson, Political Science James Levinsohn, Public Policy and Economics Kenneth Lieberthal, Brookings Institution and formerly Political Science Mark Tessler, Political Science Marina Whitman, Public Policy and Business Administration


Research The main theme of IPC’s research is how nations grapple with globalization. In this context, IPC researchers are engaged in three large, multi-phase research programs dealing with the Global Financial System and Capital Flows, Globalization and Firm Performance, and Labor Issues in Developing and Transition Economies. The first program examines the capital market reforms and the resultant patterns of capital flows. The second examines policies toward foreign investment and trade, and assesses the effects of foreign investment on the productivity of domestic firms. The third focuses on policies that improve the functioning of labor markets in transition and developing economies.

Publications The findings of the individual and team research projects carried out by IPC faculty associates and external collaborators result in two types of IPC sponsored publications that are circulated among academics and policy makers around the world. The Working Papers Series is an electronic database that disseminates work-in-progress that reflects the broad range of IPC’s research activities. All of the Working Papers may be found at http://ipc.umich.edu/workingpapers.php. In addition, IPC issues Policy Briefs on a variety of topics related to globalization. All of the Briefs may be found at http://ipc.umich.edu/policybriefs.php.

Markets in Developing and Transition Economies: Emerging Policy and Analytical Issues,” “Firms in the Global Economy,” and “Female Entrepreneurship: Constraints and Opportunities.” In 2008, IPC launched the Global Policy Perspectives Symposia (GPPS) series that brings together distinguished visitors and Michigan faculty for a two-hour discussion of current issues in international policy. Two student associations (see more on IPSA and EMC under Student Activities) co-sponsor the symposia and furnish student chairs and moderators for the events.

Visitors and Fellows IPC hosts academic visitors and fellows who reside at IPC for periods ranging from one week to an entire academic year. In addition to conducting IPC-related research and/or delivering lectures, the visitors interact with faculty and students throughout their time in Ann Arbor.

Events IPC sponsors lectures, seminar series, symposia and conferences. Through the distinguished lecture series, IPC has hosted Kemal Dervis (United Nations Development Program Administrator), Danny Leipziger (Senior Vice President of the World Bank), Jean Lemierre (President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), Paul Krugman (Princeton University professor and The New York Times op-ed columnist), and Senator Chuck Hagel. IPC also administers the weekly Economic Development and Transition Seminar (EDTS) co-sponsored with the Economics Department and the Business Economics and Public Policy Group. EDTS serves as a forum to discuss the work of academics at the University and around the world. IPC’s annual international conferences have dealt with “Labor

Student Activities IPC provides funding for a number of student internships and the International Economic Development Program (IEDP) of the International Policy Student Association (IPSA) every academic year. In addition, the Integrated Policy Exercise (IPE), a requirement of all Ford School master’s students is coordinated by one of the IPC faculty associates every other year. IPC also collaborates with the Emerging Markets Club and the Asian Business Association of the Ross School of Business, and the International Law Society of the University of Michigan Law School.


Contact Us International Policy Center Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan Joan and Sanford Weill Hall, Suite 3310 735 South State Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091 USA Phone: + 1 734 647 3429 Fax: + 1 734 615 9673 Email: ipc-info@umich.edu www.ipc.umich.edu Director Jan Svejnar Everett E. Berg Professor of Business Administration Professor of Economics and Professor of Public Policy University of Michigan Program Administrator/Project Coordinator Zana Kwaiser

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