Material for Trade Phd Students

General Trade Materials

Here is a link to some information about the trade PhD field at Princeton for those with a Princeton netid. Redding Syllabus Rossi-Hansberg Syllabus

Trade Job Market Papers

To provide an idea of the level on the job market, here are some of the outstanding trade job market papers from the last few years:
  • Falgelbaum, P (2012) "Labor Market Frictions, Firm Growth, and International Trade," Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Morales, E, G Sheu and A Zahler (2012) "Gravity and Extended Gravity: Estimating a Structural Model of Export Entry," Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Dix-Carneiro, R (2012) "Trade Liberalization and Labor Market Dynamics," Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Caliendo, L and F Parro (2012) "Estimates of the Trade and Welfare Effects of NAFTA," NBER Working Paper, 18508. Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Dhingra, S (2012) "Trading Away Wide Brands for Cheap Brands," American Economic Review, forthcoming. Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Atkin, D (2012) "Trade, Tastes and Nutrition in India," American Economic Review, forthcoming. Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Donaldson, D (2008) "Railroads of the Raj: Estimating the Economic Impact of Transportation Infrastructure", MIT Economics, mimeograph Research Web Page (Theory and Empirics)

  • Itskhoki, O (2008) "Optimal Redistribution in an Open Economy", Princeton University, mimeograph Research Web Page (Theory)

  • Ossa, R (2011) "A New Trade Theory of GATT/WTO Negotiations", Journal of Political Economy, 119(1):122-152. (Theory and Empirics)

  • Arkolakis, C (2010) "Market Access Costs and the New Consumers Margin in International Trade", Journal of Political Economy, 2010, 118 (6), 1151-1199. (Theory and Empirics)

  • Chaney, T (2008) "Distorted Gravity: the Intensive and Extensive Margins of International Trade," American Economic Review, 98(4), 2008. (Theory and Empirics)

  • Romalis, J (2004) "Factor Proportions and the Structure of Commodity Trade", The American Economic Review, 94(10), 6797. (Theory and Empirics)

  • Antras, P (2003) "Firms, Contracts, and Trade Structure", Quarterly Journal of Economics, November, 1375-1418. (Theory)

  • Melitz, M (2003) "The Impact of Trade on Intra-Industry Reallocations and Aggregate Industry Productivity", Econometrica, 71, 1695-1725. (Theory)

  • Schott, P (2003) "One Size Fits All? Heckscher-Ohlin Specialization in Global Production", American Economic Review, 93(2), 686-708. (Emprical)

  • Pavcnik, N (2002) "Trade Liberalization, Exit, and Productivity Improvement: Evidence from Chilean Plants", Review of Economic Studies, 69(1), 245-76. (Empirical)

PhD Research Materials

PhD Ethics lecture on the transition to PhD research.

Here is some very useful advice from Jesse Shapiro and Matt Gentzkow about the organization of research projects.

Donald Davis gives the enclosed advice to trade Phds at Columbia and it struck me as a nice summary. Ed Glaeser gives the following advice. Here are my own thoughts.

There is a useful MIT Press book called A Guide for the Young Economist: Writing and Speaking Effectively about Economics by William Thomson. See also Economical Writing by Deirdre N. McCloskey and The Craft of Research by W. C. Booth, G. C. Colomb and J. M. Williams. A good style guide for the English language is The Elements of Style by W. Strunk and E. B. White. See also The Economist Style Guide, The Economist Bookstore, 2001.

Job Market Preparation

There is also an old adage about having to write a book twice. Once in order to work out what to say and twice in order to work out how to say it. Given that job market packs have to be sent out in November, this means that you should have a complete draft of a job market paper by the Summer of the year you intend to go on the market, so that you can spend September and October polishing the finer details of the analysis. In the year before you go on the job market, you should try to present your work at conferences such as Empirical Investigations in International Trade, Mid-West International Trade Meeting, Royal Economic Society Conference, European Economic Association, and European Trade Study Group. Try to get as much practice presenting your work and responding to comments as possible.

Trade Data

Here is some information about trade and development data for those with a Princeton netid.

A good source of country-level data on international trade and protection is WITs

Some plant-level data on trade and production are available here for those with a Princeton netid.

Some trade transactions data are available here here for those with a Princeton netid.

Spanish trade transactions data are available here: Raw data Data Schema

Some useful sources of historical data:
Measuring Worth
Economic History Databases
Global Price and Income History Group
Historical Statistics Portal
Global Financial Data
Oxford Latin American Historical Database
Digital South Asia Library
AHDS History
Historial Currency Data
Angus Maddison Historical Data

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