The international economics research program aims to advance our understanding of the forces governing the structure of world trade in goods and services, to evaluate the impact of various trade barriers and to study firms'strategies in international markets. Our approach is both theoretical and empirical. For the latter, we consistently make use of firm-level dataset in order to test the micro-foundations of international trade or FDI theories.
Four main research themes can be identified:
International trade impediments
This theme gathers the academic analyses of trade policy, the empirical measurements of the impact of international transport costs, the identifications of the impact of informal trade impediments (country risk, home biases, cultural networks...), the studies on the consequences on trade of exchange rates volatility...
Our main focuses on this issue are the empirical analyses of multinational firms'location choices and the determinants and consequences of outsourcing strategies.
The economic geography
We develop here theoretical analyses of the mechanisms of spatial agglomeration, and assess the impact of geography on economic specializations, migration and growth.
We provide theoretical and empirical studies of vertical differentiation strategies and on the importance of quality in export performance. We also aim to identify the externalities associated with export decisions, and evaluate cluster and competitiveness public policies.
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