Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity


Fairer trade; inequality and growth; political economy


Ethan B. Kapstein was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. He is also senior advisor for research and Arizona Centennial Chair of International Affairs at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University, and a senior advisor for Economics and Peace-Building at the US Institute of Peace; previously he taught at the University of Texas at Austin, INSEAD, and the University of Minnesota. Kapstein is the author or editor of seven books, the most recent of which are AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations (Cambridge University Press, with Josh Busby); The Fate of Young Democracies (Cambridge University Press, with Nathan Converse), and Economic Justice in an Unfair World (Princeton University Press). A former international banker and naval officer, Kapstein serves as an economics and strategy consultant to multinational firms and development agencies, and he has conducted economic impact studies throughout the developing world. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He can be reached at

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