James E. Anderson

William B. Neenan, S.J. Millennium Professor

Department of Economics


Professor James Anderson is the William B. Neenan S.J. Millennium Professor of Economics, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and an expert in International Trade. Anderson is best known for his work on the gravity model of trade, which (as a result of his development of economic-theoretic foundations of gravity) has become the main tool for identifying the effect of border frictions on the volume of trade. His applications of the theory include an influential quantification of the effect of corruption and bad institutions on trade and a quantification of the effect of free trade agreements on trade. The co-author of Measuring the Restrictiveness of International Trade Policy (MIT Press) and author of The Relative Inefficiency of Quotas (MIT Press), Anderson currently serves on the editorial board of the Review of International Economics, and has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of International Economics and the American Economic Review.