• Department of Economics
  • Tufts University
  • Medford, MA 02155
  • Telephone: 617-627-3137
  • email:


  • Columbia University, Ph.D. in Economics with Distinction, 1998Fields: International Trade, Industrial Organization, Development
  • Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School, M.P.A., 1985
  • Boston University, B.S. in Mathematics and Economics, summa cum laude, 1981

Academic Appointments

  • External Examiner, University of Botswana, 2009-2010
  • Northeast Universities Development Consortium, Executive Committee 2009 -
  • Radcliffe Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2005/2006
  • Faculty Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research, 2005 -
  • Associate Professor of Economics, Tufts University, 2004 -
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University, 1998-2004

Other Appointments

  • Division Director (& Deputy), Development Strategy and Governance Division, International Food Policy Research Institute, Wasghington, D.C., 2009 – present
  • Lead Researcher, Trade and Employment, International Labor Organization, 2009 -2010
  • Workshop Leader, Trade and Poverty: Empirical Methods, Botswana Institute for Development Policy, Gaborone, Botswana, 2009
  • Special Sworn Employee, United States Bureau of Economic Analysis, International Investment Division, Washington, D.C., December 2002-
  • Consultant, Diagnostic Trade Integration Study Ethiopia, World Bank, 2002-2004
  • Senior Economist, Equity and Growth through Economic Research, USAID, 1997-2000
  • Consultant, United Nations Development Programme, New York, 1995
  • Consultant, The World Bank, Africa Adjustment Study Update, Washington, D.C., 1994
  • Chief of Party, World Bank, Cooperative and Rural Development Bank, Tanzania, 1990-1993
  • Consultant, Central Bank, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1989-1990
  • Consultant, Lonrho Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 1989-1990
  • Associate, Capital Markets, Equator Bank Limited, Hartford, Connecticut, 1987-1989
  • Financial Analyst, Shearson Lehman Brothers, New York, 1985-1987
  • Assistant Junior Program Officer, United Nations Development Programme, Mali, 1984
  • United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Bougouni, Mali, 1981-1983

Published and Forthcoming Articles

  1. “Demographic Pressure and Institutional Change: Village Level Response to Rural Population Growth in Burkina Faso,” forthcoming, NBER Volume on African Successes. (with Harounan Kazianga and William Masters)
  2. “Trade, Employment and Structural Transformation in Africa,” forthcoming, World Development
  3. “Globalization, Structural Change and Productivity Growth,” 2011. In Making Globalization Socially Sustainable, edited by Mark Bachetta and Marion Jansen, International Labor Organization, Geneva Switzerland. (with Dani Rodrik)
  4. “Recent Perspectives on Trade and Inequality.”Annual Review of Economics, Vol. 3: 261 -289 Volume publication date September 2011. (with Ann Harrison and John McLaren)
  5. “Offshoring Jobs? Multinationals and U.S. Manufacturing Employment.” August 2011. Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 93, No. 3, Pages 857-875. (with Ann Harrison)
  6. “Crop Price Indemnified Loans for Farmers: A Pilot Experiment in Rural Ghana.” 2011. Journal of Risk and Insurance, 78: 37–55. (with Karlan, D., Kutsoati, E., and Udry, C)
  7. “New Evidence on Trade and Employment: An Overview.” September, 2011. In Trade and Employment: From Myths to Facts, edited by Marion Jansen, Ralf Peters and Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, A joint publication of the International Labor Organization and the European Commission, ILO, Geneva. (with Inigo Verduzco-Gallo)
  8. “Production Offshoring and Labor Markets: Recent Evidence and a Resarch Agenda.” 2010. In G Porto and B Hoekman (eds.), Trade Adjustment Costs in Developing Countries: Impacts, Determinants and Policy Responses, CEPR and World Bank.
  9. “International trade, offshoring, and US wages,” CEPR, August 31, 2009. (with Avi Ebenstein, Ann Harrison and Shannon Phillips)
  10. “On the links between globalization and poverty,” forthcoming in Ravi Kanbur and A. Michael Spence, eds., Equity in a Global World, originally published in  Journal of Economic Inequality, 5(1): 123-134, April, 2007.
  11. “Profit Sharing Between Host Countries and Multinationals in Natural Resource Extraction: An Empirical Investigation”, Brookings Trade Forum 2007. (with Andrew Waxman)
  12. “Food Aid and Poverty ,”  American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 89, Number 5, December 2007, pp. 1152-1160(9). (with Barrett Kirwan)
  13. “Does Food Aid Harm the Poor? Household Evidence from Ethiopia,” in Ann Harrison, ed., Globalization and Poverty, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007. Read NBER Digest summary of this paper: (with James Levinsohn)
  14. “My Policies or Yours: Do OECD Agricultural Policies Affect Poverty in Developing Countries?” in Ann Harrison, ed., Globalization and Poverty, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007. Read the New York Times article citing this paper: (with Nava Ashraf and Alix Zwane)
  15. Review of The White Man’s Burden by William Easterly, The Penguin Press (2006).
    Journal of International Economics, Volume 73, Issue 1, September 2007, Pages 213-215.
  16. “U.S. Multinational Activity Abroad and U.S. Jobs: Substitutes or Complements?” Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, No. 2, pp. 347-365, April 2007. (with Ann Harrison and Clair Null)
  17. “Dispelling Some Myths About Offshoring”, Academy of Management Perspectives, 2006 [Lead Article]. (with Ann Harrison)
  18. Review of “Global Agricultural Trade and Developing Countries”, The World Bank, Journal of Economic Literature, 2006.
  19. “Global Capital Flows and Financing Constraints,” Journal of Development Economics , 75(1): 269-301, October 2004. (with Ann Harrison and Inessa Love)
  20. “When Economic Reform Goes Wrong: Cashew in Mozambique,” Brookings Trade Forum 2003. (with Dani Rodrik and Karen Welch)
  21. “Does Direct Foreign Investment Affect Domestic Firms Credit Constraints?” Journal of International Economics, vol. 61, Issue 1, October 2003. (with Ann Harrison)
  22. “An African Growth Trap: Production Technology and the Time-Consistency of Agricultural Taxation, R&D and Investment,” Review of Development Economics, vol. 7, no. 2, May, 2003. (with William Masters)
  23. “Leadership or Institutions? Reputation, Retaliation and Opportunistic Taxation,” in John McLaren (editor), Institutional Elements of Tax Design and Reform, World Bank, Washington, D.C., January, 2003.
  24. “Ethnolinguistic Diversity, Government and Growth,” in Frank Salter (editor), Welfare, Ethnicity and Altruism: New Findings and Evolutionary Theory, London, Frank Cass, 2003. (with William Masters)
  25. Review of: African Economies in Transition. Volume 1. The Changing Role of the State. Volume 2. The Reform Experience, Jo Ann Paulson (editor), Journal of Economic Literature, vol. 39, no. 2, June, 2001.
  26. “Climate and Scale in Economic Growth,” Journal of Economic Growth, vol. 6, no.3, September, 2001. See media coverage in The Times of London, the Toronto Star, the Indiannapolis Star, ABC News and The New Scientist at: . (with William Masters)
  27. “Why Kill the Golden Goose? A Political Economy Model of Export Taxation,” Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 83, no. 1, February, 2001.
  28. “Understanding the Political Economy of Tropical Agriculture,” American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol. 82, no. 3, August, 2000. (with William Masters)

Working Papers

  1. “Estimating the Impact of Trade and Offshoring on American Workers Using the Current Population Surveys,” NBER Working Paper No. 15107, June 2009. Under Review (with Avraham Ebenstein, Ann Harrison and Shannon Phillips)
  2. “Globalization, Structural Change and Productivity Growth,” NBER Working Paper No. 17143. June 2011. (with Dani Rodrik)
  3. “Chemical Fertilizers and Migration,” NBER Working Paper No. 17245, June 2011. (with Kevin Chen, Avi Ebenstein and Margaret McMillan)
  4. “Rural Demography, Public Services and Land Rights in Africa: A Village-Level Analysis in Burkina Faso,” December 2011, (with Harounan Kazianga and William Masters)
  5. “Understanding the Role of China in the “Decline” of U.S. Manufacturing,” November 2011, (with Avraham Ebenstein, Yaohui Zhao and Chanchuan Zhang)
  6. “Identification of the effects of trade policy through a natural experiment: evidence from Botswana,” (with Brian McCaig)

Work in Progress

  1. “Economic Growth and Structural Change in Africa,” (with Dani Rodrik, Jon Temple and Marcel Timmer)
  2. “Who benefits from Decentralization? Evidence from Africa,” (with Stylianos Michalopoulos)
  3. “Mental Accounting in the Field: An Experiment with Labeled Savings Accounts,” (with Dean Karlan, Ed Kutsoati, Margaret McConnell and Chris Udry)

Research Grants and Awards

  1. DFID/Economic and Social Research Council of the U.K., $1.5 Million “Structural Change and Economic Growth in Africa,” March 2012-March 2014 (with Yaw Ansu, Dani Rodrik, Jon Temple and Marcel Timmer). Principal Investigator.
  2. World Bank, $300,000 “Structural Change and Economic Growth,” September 2011-December 2012. Principal Investigator.
  3. World Bank, $80,000 “Trade and Labor Market Outcomes,” December 2010 -June 2011. Principal Investigator.
  4. NBER Africa Project, $80,000 “Demography and Institutional Change” (with Harounan Kazianga and Will Masters), July 2008-2010. Co-Principal Investigator
  5. National Science Foundation Grant #0423080, $350,000 “Overseas Investment and Labor Market Outcomes Using BEA Micro Data,” January 2004 – January 2007, (with Ann Harrison). Co-Principal Investigator.
  6. William and Flora Hewlitt Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University, 2005-2006.
  7. Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research, Developmental Grant, “HIV/AIDS, Health Behavior and the Income Gradient,” Fall 2004 (with Karen Eggleston). Principal Investigator.
  8. Faculty Research Awards Committee Research Grant, Tufts University, 2002, 2004.
  9. Undergraduate Initiative in Teaching Award, May 2004.
  10. Faculty Research Awards Committee, Summer Grant, Tufts University, 1998.
  11. President’s Fellow, Columbia University, 1994 -1997.
  12. Center for International Business Education, Research Grant, Columbia University, 1995.
  13. Woodrow Wilson Fellow, Princeton University, 1983-1985.

Conference Presentations and Seminars

AEA Meetings (3), African Economic Research Consortium (2), African Finance and Economics Association, Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis, Brookings Institution, Brown University, Center for Global Development, City University of New York, Columbia University (2),Cornell University, Dartmouth College, University of Delaware, Development Economics Study Group (U.K.),Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Harvard Universtiy (4), Indiana University, International Monetary Fund, Latin America and the Carribean Economics Association, London School of Economics, NBER (4), New York University Leonard Stern School of Business, Northeast Universities Development Conference (2), Oxford University (2), Princeton University, Purdue University, William Davidson Institute (2), World Bank (3), United States Agency for International Development (2), United Nations Industrial Organization, United States Bureau of Economic Anlaysis, University of California Berkeley, University of Maryland, University of Minnesota, University of Oklahoma, Yale University.


American Economic Review, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economics and Politics, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Political Economy, The Review of Economics and Statistics, National Science Foundation, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Industrial Economics, World Development

Thesis Supervision

Lauren Visek, Wei Yao, Arun Yang, Rachel Bergenfield, Natalie Levy, Pongrat Aroonvatanaporn, Michael Tonelli, Joanna Friedman, Bethany Peacemaker-Arrand, Karla Sy, Samantha Diamond, Dianna Darsney, Allison Archambault, Kate Davenport, Joan Hamory, Eleanor Park, Gabriel Mozes, Tania Desgrottes, Rahwa Tesfay, Eli Miloslavsky, Benjamin Harris


Professor Dani Rodrik
Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
tel: 617-495-9454
fax: 617-496-5747
Professor James Levinsohn
J. Ira and Nicki Harris Family Professor of Public Policy
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
735 South State Street
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3091
tel: 734-763-2319
fax: 734-615-9876
Professor Ann Harrison
Dept. of Management and Strategy
Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania
tel: 212-717-1209
fax: 212-717-1209