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Gaisford, James D.

Gaisford, James D.


Married; children: three. Education: York University, M.A. (social and political thought), 1979; Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, M.A. (economics), 1982, Ph.D., 1987. Hobbies and other interests: Sailing, hiking, skiing, running, canoeing, woodworking, model railroading, and astronomy.


Office—Department of Economics, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive N.W., SS 422, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4, Canada; fax: 403-282-5262. E-mail[email protected]


Writer, economist, and educator. Wilfrid Laurier University, 1986-88; University of Calgary, professor of economics, 1988—. Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, England, Centre for International Financial and Economic Research (CIFER), associate director. Kyiv Mohyla Academy, Kiev, Ukraine, visiting professor, 2002, 2003.


Canadian Economics Association, American Economic Association, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society.


Outstanding Journal Article Award, Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, 2003, for "Biotechnology Piracy: Rethinking the International Protection of Intellectual Property," in Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics; Distinguished Teacher Award, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Calgary, 2000, 2001.


(Editor, with Donald Barry and Mark O. Dickerson) Toward a North American Community? Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1995.

(With Jill E. Hobbs and William A. Kerr) The Transformation of the Agrifood System in Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States, Cab International (New York, NY), 1997.

The Economics of Biotechnology, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2001.

(With William A. Kerr) Economic Analysis for International Trade Negotiations: The WTO and Agricultural Trade, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2001.

(With William A. Kerr and Nicholas Perdikis) Economic Analysis for EU Accession Negotiations: Agri-food Issues in the EU's Eastward Expansion, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2003.

(Editor, with William A. Kerr) Handbook on International Trade Policy, Edward Elgar (Northampton, MA), 2006.

(Editor, with William A. Kerr) Trade Negotiations in Agriculture: A Future Common Agenda for Brazil and Canada, University of Calgary Press (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), 2006.

Contributor to books, including Allocation of Foreign Aid and Economic Development: New Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives, edited by M. Arvin, Praeger (Westport, CT), 2002. Contributor to periodicals, including Journal of Development Economics, Review of Development Economics, Energy Politics, International Economic Journal, Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, Journal of Economic Development, World Economy, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, International Journal of Development Planning Literature, and Review of International Economics. Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, associate editor.


James D. Gaisford is a professor of economics at the University of Calgary. A prolific author on areas related to international economics and associated economic policy, Gaisford concentrates his work on areas such as agricultural trade, comparative economic systems, international trade and economic development, and international trade theory and policy, according to his curriculum vitae on the University of Calgary Department of Economics Web site.

In Trade Negotiations in Agriculture: A Future Common Agenda for Brazil and Canada, Gaisford and coeditor William A. Kerr assemble seven papers presented at a 2003 agricultural trade conference held at the Latin American Research Centre of the University of Calgary. The authors discuss topics such as international agricultural negotiations, antidumping, agricultural biotechnology, and advances made at previous World Trade Organization meetings. The papers stress agricultural and economic cooperation between Canada and Brazil and suggest the strong possibility of a partnership between the two countries.

Toward a North American Community? Canada, the United States, and Mexico, edited by Gaisford, Donald Barry, and Mark O. Dickerson, contains essays that examine the economic and cultural connections between the three countries of North America, with an emphasis on Canadian and American interactions with Mexico. A number of the essays focus on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how it has affected economic and labor conditions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. In the wake of NAFTA and other developments, American interest in Mexico has increased. Contributor Stephen J. Randall suggests that American occupation with Cold War issues and Vietnam kept relations with Mexico at a lower level of significance. In these circumstances, Mexico was of limited economic importance to the United States. "This changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and, as a result, we are now in an era of asymmetrical interdependence, with the United States as the stronger partner in a number of important relationships, including the one with Mexico," commented Paul Rich in the Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs. Rich called Toward a North American Community? both "worthwhile" and "welcome."



Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs, winter, 1995, Paul Rich, review of Toward a North American Community? Canada, the United States, and Mexico, p. 173.

Reference & Research Book News, February, 2006, review of Trade Negotiations in Agriculture: A Future Common Agenda for Brazil and Canada.


University of Calgary Department of Economics Web site, (November 18, 2006), biography of James D. Gaisford.*

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