The work of the group focuses on the micro-economic aspects of international and spatial economics. Topics covered include international trade, foreign direct investment, and the causes and consequences of globalization.

There is a fortnightly seminar series with external speakers held in the department on Tuesdays at 2.30pm, and an informal weekly workshop at 4pm on the same day where faculty and students present their work in progress.


Recent Publications

  • Kevin Hjortshøj O’Rourke, “Growth, Import Dependence, and War” (with Roberto Bonfatti) Economic Journal, forthcoming
  • Beata Javorcik "New and Improved: Does FDI Boost Production Complexity in Host Countries?" (with A. Lo Turco and D. Maggioni) Economic Journal, forthcoming
  • Kalina Manova “Multi-Product Firms and Product Quality” (with Zhihong Yu) Journal of International Economics, forthcoming
  • Beata Javorcik "Former Foreign Affiliates: Cast Out and    Outperformed?" (with Steven Poelhekke) Journal of the European Economic Association, 2017
  • Beata Javorcik "Accession to the World Trade Organization and Tariff Evasion" (with G. Narciso) Journal of Development Economics, 2017
  • J. Peter Neary, "International Trade in General Oligopolistic Equilibrium," Review of International Economics, 2016
  • Kalina Manova “How Firms Export: Processing vs. Ordinary Trade with Financial Frictions” (with Zhihong Yu) Journal of International Economics, 2016
  • Beata Javorcik, "Services reform and manufacturing performance: Evidence from India" (with Jens Arnold, Molly Lipscomb and Aaditya Mattoo). Economic Journal, 2016
  • Beata Javorcik and J. Peter Neary, "Testing the Core Competency Model of Multi-Product Exporters," (with Carsten Eckel and Leo Iacovone) Review of International Economics, 2016
  • J. Peter Neary, "Sufficient Statistics for Tariff Reform when Revenue Matters," (with Jim Anderson) Journal of International Economics, 2016 


  • Tony Venables, "Urbanisation in developing countries" (with Paul Collier and Vernon Henderson (LSE)). World Bank, 2014-17.
  • Kalina Manova British Academy Small Research Grant 2016 – 2018
  • Kalina Manova “Global Firms and Global Value Chains: Measurements and Mechanisms”. European Research Council Consolidator Grant, 2018-22


Beata Javorcik