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Gordon Hanson

Gordon Hanson holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations at UC San Diego, and has faculty positions in the Department of Economics and the School of Global Policy and Strategy, where he also is director of the Center on Global Transformation. He is presently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is a past co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics.

Hanson specializes in the economics of international trade, international migration, and foreign direct investment. He has published extensively in the top academic journals of the economics discipline, is widely cited for his research by scholars from across the social sciences and is frequently quoted in major media outlets. Hanson’s current research addresses how trade with China has affected the US labor market, the consequences of skilled immigration for the US economy and the long-run determinants of comparative advantage. He received his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his BA from Occidental College in 1986. 

  • Economics of international trade
  • International migration
  • Foreign direct investment

International Trade

“The China Shock: Learning about Labor Market Adjustment to Large Changes in Trade,”Annual Review of Economics, 8, 2016: 205-240, with David Autor and David Dorn.

“Import Competition and the Great US Employment Sag of the 2000s,” Journal of Labor Economics, 34(S1, part 2), 2016: S141-S198, with Daron Acemoglu, David Autor, David Dorn, and Brendan Price. 

"Untangling Trade and Technology: Evidence from Local Labor Markets," Economic Journal, 125(584), 2015: 621-646, with David Autor and David Dorn.

"Adjustment to Trade: Worker Level Evidence," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129(4), 2014: 1799-1860, with David Autor, David Dorn, and Jae Song. Online Appendix.
“Return of the Solow Paradox? IT, Productivity and Employment in U.S. Manufacturing.”  American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 104(5), 2014: 394-399, with Daron Acemoglu, David Autor, David Dorn, and Brendan Price.
"The China Syndrome: Local Labor Market Effects of Import Competition in the United States," American Economic Review, 103(6), 2013: 2121-2168., with David Autor and David Dorn. China Syndrome_Theory Appendix.
"The Geography of Trade and Technology Shocks in the United States." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 103(3), 2013: 220-225, with David Autor and David Dorn.
"Exporting Christianity: Governance and Doctrine in the Globalization of US Denominations," Journal of International Economics, 91(2), 2013: 301-320, with Chong Xiang.
"The Rise of Middle Kingdoms: Emerging Economies in Global Trade," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(2), 2012, 41-64.
"Volatility due to Outsourcing: Theory and Evidence," Journal of International Economics, 85(2), 2011: 163-173, with Paul Bergin and Robert Feenstra.
"Trade Barriers and Trade Flows with Product Heterogeneity: An Application to U.S. Motion Picture Exports," Journal of International Economics, 83, 2011: 14-26, with Chong Xiang.
"Why Isn't Mexico Rich?" Journal of Economic Literature, December 48(4), 2010: 987-1004.
"Export-Led Growth v2.0", Economic Premise, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, The World Bank, March 2010, Number 3, with Otaviano Canuto and Mona Haddad.
"China and the Manufacturing Exports of Other Developing Countries," in Robert Feenstra and Shang Jin Wei, eds., China's Growing Role in World Trade, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the NBER, 2010, 137-159. (with Raymond Robertson)
"Offshoring and Volatility: Evidence from Mexico's Maquiladora Indsutry," American Economic Review, September (2009): 1664-1671. (with Paul Bergin and Robert Feenstra)
"International Trade in Motion Picture Services," in Matthew Slaughter and Marshall Reinsdorf, eds., International Flows of Invisibles: Trade in Services and Intangibles in the Era of Globalization, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the NBER, 2009, 203-225. (with Chong Xiang)
"Globalization, Labor Income, and Poverty in Mexico," in Ann Harrison, ed., Globalization and Poverty, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007, 417-456.
"Vertical Production Networks in Multinational Firms," Review of Economics and Statistics, November 2005: 664-678, with Raymond Mataloni and Matthew Slaughter.
"Ownership and Control in Outsourcing to China: Estimating the Property Rights Theory of the Firm," Quarterly Journal of Economics, May 2005, 120(2): 729-762, with Robert Feenstra. Appendix.
"Intermediaries in Entrepôt Trade: Hong Kong Re-Exports of Chinese Goods," Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 13(2004): 3-36, with Robert Feenstra.
"Technology, Trade, and Adjustment to Immigration in Israel," European Economic Review, 48(2004): 403-428, with Matthew Slaughter and Neil Gandal.
"What Has Happened to Wages in Mexico since NAFTA?" in Toni Estevadeordal, Dani Rodrick, Alan Taylor, Andres Velasco, eds., FTAA and Beyond: Prospects for Integration in the Americas, Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Economic Geography

“Detecting the Boundaries of Urban Areas in India: A Dataset for Pixel-Based Image Classification in Google Earth Engine,” Remote Sensing, 2016 (8)8, 634, with Ran Goldblatt, Amit Khandelwal, and Wei You.

"Market Potential, Increasing Returns, and Geographic Concentration," Journal of International Economies, September 2005, 67(1): 1-24.

"The Home Market Effect and Bilateral Trade Patterns," American Economic Review, September 2004, 94: 1108-1129, with Chong Xiang.

US Immigration/Mexico Emigration

“The Rise and Fall of U.S. Low-Skilled Immigration,” Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2017, with Chen Liu and Craig McIntosh.

“High-Skilled Immigration and the Comparative Advantage of Foreign Born Workers across US Occupations,” in High-Skilled Migration to the United States and its Economic Consequences, University of Chicago Press, 2017, with Chen Liu.

“High-Skilled Immigration and the Rise of STEM Occupations in US Employment,” in Education, Skills, and Technical Change: Implications for Future U.S. GDP Growth, University of Chicago Press, 2016, with Matthew Slaughter.

“Is the Mediterranean the New Rio Grande? US and EU Immigration Pressures in the Long Run.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 30(4), 2016: 1-25, with Craig McIntosh.

"Attracting Talent: Location Choices of Foreign Born PhDs in the US," Journal of Labor Economics, 33(S1), 2015: S5-S38, with Jeffrey Grogger.
"Talent, Immigration, and U.S. Economic Competitiveness." Compete America, May 2013, with Matthew J. Slaughter.
"The Scale and Selectivity of Foreign Born PhD Recipients in the U.S." American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, 103(3), 2013: 189-92, with Jeffrey Grogger.
"Substitution between Immigrants, Natives and Skill Groups," Journal of the European Economic Association, 10(1), 2012, with George Borjas and Jeffrey Grogger.
"The Great Mexican Emigration," Review of Economics and Statistics, November 92(4), 2010: 798-810, with Craig McIntosh.
"Future Directions for Research on Immigration," American Economic Association White Paper for Future Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences, October 2010.
"Illegal Immigration: Considering the Costs and Benefits," The American: The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute, October 1, 2010.
"Immigration and the Economic Status of African-American Men," Economica, April 77(306), 2010: 255-282, with George Borjas and Jeff Grogger.
"The Economics and Policy of Illegal Immigration in the United States," Migration Policy Institute Report, December 2009.
"The Demography of Mexican Migration to the US," American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 99(2009): 22–27. (with Craig McIntosh)
"Individual Preferences over High-Skilled Immigration in the United States," in Jagdish Bhagwati and Gordon Hanson, eds., Skilled Immigration Today: Problems, Prospects, and Policies, Oxford University Press, 2009, 207-246. (with Kenneth Scheve and Matthew Slaughter)
"Local Public Finance and Individual Preferences over Globalization Strategies," Economics and Politics, 19(2007): 1-33, with Kenneth Scheve and Matthew Slaughter.
"Emigration, Remittances, and Labor Force Participation in Mexico," Integration and Trade Journal, 27(2007): 73-103.
"The Economic Logic of Illegal Immigration," Council Special Report No. 26, Council on Foreign Relations, April 2007.
"Emigration, Labor Supply and Earnings in Mexico,"  in George Borjas, ed., Mexican Immigration, Chicago: University of Chicago Press and the National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007, 289-328.
"Illegal Migration from Mexico to the United States," Journal of Economic Literature, December 44(2006): 869-924.
"International Migration, Self-Selection, and the Distribution of Wages: Evidence from Mexico and the United States," Journal of Political Economy, April 2005, 113(2): 239-281, with Daniel Chiquiar.
“Why Does Immigration Divide America? Public Finance and Political Opposition to Open Borders,” Washington DC: Institute for International Economics, 2005.
"Challenges for US Immigration Policy," in C. Fred Bergsten, ed., The United States and the World Economy: Foreign Economic Policy for the Next Decade, Washington DC: Institute of International Economics, 2005, 343-372.

International Migration

"International Migration and Human Rights," in Katherine Hite and Mark Unger, eds., Sustaining Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 245-266.
"Birthrates and Border Crossings: Latin American Migration to the US, Canada, Spain, and the UK," Economic Journal, 122(562), 2012, 707–726, with Craig McIntosh.
"Income Maximization and the Selection and Sorting of International Migrants," Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Development Economics, 95(1), 2011: 42-57, with Jeff Grogger.
"International Migration and Development," in Ravi Kanbur and A. Michael Spence, eds., Equity in a Global World, Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2010, 229-262.
"International Migration and the Developing World," in Dani Rodrik and Mark Rosenzweig, eds., Handbook of Development Economics, Vol. 5, Amsterdam: North Holland, 2010, 4363-4414.
"The Governance of Migration Policy," Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, May 11(2), 2010: 185-208.
"The Economic Consequences of International Migration," Annual Review of Economics, 1(2009): 179-208.