UNU-WIDER gratefully acknowledges the support of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs to the 2009 WIDER Annual Lecture and the financial contributions to the research programme by the governments of Denmark (Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Finland (Ministry for Foreign Affairs), Sweden (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency—Sida) and the United Kingdom (Department for International Development).
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Prof Ronald Findlay delivered the thirteenth Annual UNU-WIDER Lecture on 21 October at the Marina Congress Center, Helsinki on The Trade-Development Nexus in Theory and History. The lecture explored the theoretical and empirical links between international trade and economic development over a wide range of space and time, drawing on models and ideas based on his previous work and that of others. Special attention paid to such topics as the spice trade, the Silk Road, the 'triangular trade' between Europe, Africa and the New World, and the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution. Finally it will attempt to make some observations about the current state and future prospects of the world economy.