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Fall 2020 Book Club Takes on Open Trade and Immigration

The MALS alumni Book Club meets once a semester in the fall and spring terms to discuss a selected reading under the skillful guidance of a Reed faculty member. Along with an engaging 2-hour conference, the Book Club is an opportunity to share interests with MALS alumni, prospective students, and faculty.

The Fall meeting (postponed from the spring) will take place on Thursday, October 8th from 7 to 9pm on Zoom. If you are interested in attending, please contact Ashley Hudson, MALS director, at

The Book: Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration and Global Capital by Kimberly Clausing

Open was included as a book of the year by both Foreign Affairs and the Financial Times.

Anyone interested in the biggest economic debates of our time would benefit from reading Open. Kimberly Clausing marshals a wide range of evidence and analysis to address the question of how to advance the prospects of the middle class. Her answer is a combination of timeless truths about the importance of openness updated in often novel ways to address the challenges of today’s global economy.—Jason Furman, Harvard University, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers

It is all too easy to blame the recent troubles of advanced economies—including slower growth, rising inequality, and lower social mobility—on economic globalization. Kimberly Clausing’s comprehensive but crystal-clear new book shows that ‘the fault lies not in our stars, but in ourselves’: if only the political will is there, national policy can harness globalization as a force for inclusive growth. This is a message that thoughtful citizens of every political stripe need to absorb.—Maurice Obstfeld, University of California, Berkeley, and former Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund

An even-handed, fair-minded and up-to-the-minute primer on some of today’s most important economic debates. In [Clausing’s] consideration of who gains and who loses from economic openness, she makes a stout, evidence-led defense of the worldview disparaged as ‘globalism’ by both the Right and the Left.—Oliver Wiseman, Standpoint

Read this article in the June 2019 Reed Magazine.

Listen to this podcast from July 5, 2019 on iHeart Radio (62 minutes).

The Professor: Kimberly Clausing
Kimberly Clausing is the Thormund Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics at Reed, where she teaches international trade, international finance, and public finance. Her research studies the taxation of multinational firms. She has published numerous articles in this area, including Open in 2019 (Harvard University Press). Professor Clausing has received two Fulbright Research awards (to Belgium and Cyprus), and her research has been supported by external grants from the National Science Foundation, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the International Centre for Tax and Development, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Washington Center for Equitable Growth. She has worked on economic policy research with the International Monetary Fund, the Hamilton Project, the Brookings Institution, and the Tax Policy Center, and she has testified before both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance. Professor Clausing received her B.A. from Carleton College in 1991 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1996.