Daniel J. Ikenson

Director at Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies at Cato Institute

Dan Ikenson is Director of the Center for Trade Policy Studies at the Cato Institute in Washington, where he coordinates and conducts research on all manner of international trade and investment policy. Since joining Cato in 2000, Ikenson has authored dozens of papers and books on various aspects of trade policy, focusing his research on U.S.-China trade relations; bilateral and multilateral trade agreements and institutions; globalization; U.S. manufacturing issues; trade politics; and trade remedies, such as the antidumping regime.

In addition to his many studies and articles, Ikenson is coauthor of the book Antidumping Exposed: The Devilish Details of Unfair Trade Law. He has testified before congressional committees on a variety of policy matter and has appeared on numerous television news programs and networks, and his articles have been published in widely circulated newspapers and magazines.

Ikenson has been involved in international trade since 1990; has been writing and speaking about international trade and investment policy since 2000; and holds a master’s degree in economics from George Washington University.

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