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The Economics of Trade

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you are interested, you may livestream this presentation on Monday, Oct. 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. CT. In addition, video and materials from the event will be uploaded to the Dialogue with the Fed site a few days following the presentation. If you have any questions, please contact Ellen Amato at

Date:  Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Time:  Reception: 6 p.m. (Light fare will be served.)
Program: 6:30‑8 p.m.
Location: Little Rock Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
(Please note the new location.)
Stephens Building
111 Center St., Suite 1000
Little Rock, Ark. 72201 (map it)

International trade sounds simple enough: It’s the buying and selling of goods, services and assets between countries.

But people's reactions to it are complicated.

Economists tend to be supportive, but some people are skeptical about whether international trade is good for the United States.

Learn the mechanics of trade, hear the research and get your questions answered at this Dialogue with the Fed event sponsored by the Little Rock Branch. B. Ravikumar, senior vice president and deputy research director, will discuss why economists back international trade and what research says about its effect on the U.S.

An audience Q&A will follow Ravikumar's presentation.

The event is open on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required and will close Oct. 12 or as soon as all seats are filled.

Questions? Contact Julie Kerr at or 501-324-8296.

This presentation is part of the St. Louis Fed's evening discussion series, called Dialogue with the Fed: Beyond Today's Financial Headlines. View previous presentations at this site.