QSB Prof wins WTO Young Economists Award

Posted on September 14, 2010

KINGSTON, ON – Queen’s School of Business Managerial Economics Professor Olena Ivus was one of two winners of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Essay Award for Young Economists announced today. Co-winner Dave Donaldson is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The winners were announced at a special session of the annual meeting of the European Trade Study Group held at the WTO headquarters in Geneva on September 9.

The article by Prof. Ivus, entitled “Do stronger patent rights raise high-tech exports to the developing world?” studies the effects of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Agreement on the volume and the price of high-tech/patent-sensitive exports from developed to developing countries. According to the Selection Panel, this paper is an extremely well-crafted analysis that offers insights relevant to the policy debate.

Professors Donaldson and Ivus will share the prize of CHF 5,000 (approximately $5,000 Cdn.) for the Essay Award, which was launched in 2009.

Olena Ivus is from Ukraine and studied economics at the Chernihiv State Institute of Economics and Management (Ukraine). She received a PhD in economics from the University of Calgary and joined the faculty of Queen’s School of Business in July.