Timlin Lecture - March 14, 2024

Dr. Daniel Trefler of the University of Toronto

Daniel Trefler is the J. Douglas and Ruth Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity at the Rotman School of Management and a Senior Research Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Studies.


Professor Trefler is an internationally respected trade economist, known for his path-breaking contributions to fundamental research. This research has been instrumental in designing and pursuing trade agreements that promote productivity, innovation and investment while minimizing the harmful effects on workers and the most disadvantaged. In recent years, he has advised Global Affairs Canada on national policies towards foreign direct investment and helped frame the document that launched the Canada-EU trade agreement.


The importance and influence of Professor Trefler’s work have been recognized through numerous distinctions, including the 2016 Killam Prize in Social Sciences (Canada’s ‘Nobel Prize’), the 2016 Bank of Canada Fellowship Award, a Canada Research Chair, and all three major awards of the Canadian Economics Association.


Academic Talk:      

 Topic: The Impact of AI and Cross-Border Data Regulation on International Trade in Digital Services: A Large Language Model Approach

The rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and of cross-border restrictions on data flows has created a host of new questions and related policy dilemmas. How is digital service trade shaped by AI algorithms and by the interplay between AI algorithms and cross-border restrictions on data flows?

Date: March 14, 2024

Time: 10:00AM

Location: Arts 210


Public Talk:  This Public Lecture is free and open to the public.

Topic: From the Rialto to Wall Street: Societal Lessons for the Coming AI Tsunami  (Please see the attached picture)

Date: March 14, 2024  

Time: 3:30PM

 Location: Physics 165