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Post Brexit, what should our approach be to trade?

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As the UK launches into negotiating free trade deals with anyone who will have us and Joe Stiglitz tells not to 'waste our time' negotiating with Trump, what should our approach to trade be? What would a trading system look like that supported a sustainable, resilient and inclusive international economy? Steve Keen challenges the fundamental economic theory that underpins the promotion of free trade. The theory of comparative advantage has been a mainstay of economic theory since Ricardo in developed it in 1817. Can it really be wrong? Steve Keen was one of the small band of economists who 'saw the crash coming', so he has form for being right. If so does it matter? What should replace it? Dottie Guererro, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Global Justice Now, will use her international policy and on the ground experience to explore what this means for just and sustainable global development.

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Steve Keen is Professor of Economics at Kingston University, London, and the author of Debunking Economics (2011) and Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis? He was one of a handful of economists to predict the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, and won the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review for being the economist “who first and most clearly anticipated and gave public warning of the Global Financial Collapse and whose work is most likely to prevent another GFC in the future". He believes Brexit has the potential to provide economic benefits. ​His main research interest is in developing system dynamics models of financial instability and debt inflation. He has over 70 refereed publications on the money creation process, empirical analysis of the dynamics of private debt, mathematical flaws in conventional economic theory, and the role of chaos and complexity in economics.


Dottie Guererro joined Global Justice Now in January 2017. Her work as organiser, researcher/analyst, educator, and campaigner in social movements and NGOs spans almost 30 years. She works on and writes about climate change and energy issues, impacts of globalised trade and investments on people’s livelihoods in Asia, China‘s new role in the global political economy and other economic justice concerns.

Originally from the Philippines, she has worked in the local, regional and international levels and has lived in The Netherlands, Germany, Thailand and South Africa. She previously worked with the Asian regional organisation Focus on the Global South, Asienhaus Deutschland and Institute for Popular Democracy in the Philippines. She also worked as guest lecturer in MA Development Programs in universities in Asia and Germany.

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