I was born in 1971 in Ithaca,
York, where my father was a graduate student
in Cornell University's Department
his degree, my father took a job as an economist at the International Monetary
Fund and the family moved to the Washington, D.C. area. My first
training in economics came from family dinner discussions. I was
fortunate to attend the Thomas
Jefferson High School for Science
and Technology, a magnet school where most students wanted to
become an engineer or scientist. I
majored in applied mathematics at Yale
University and continued the study of Japanese, which I started in
high school. After graduation, I worked in Tokyo as an applications
engineer for Motorola's Semiconductor Products Division (now Freescale Semiconductor) and then
as a marketing engineer for a Silicon Valley startup.
Having remained interested in economics, in 1998 I enrolled in the
Ph.D. program at the Haas
School of Business,
University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation examined the link
between trade—imports, exports,
and foreign direct investment—and technology acquisition by
emerging market firms. Because productivity gains typically preceed
wage increases, technology adoption is an important component of the
effect of trade on living standards. My research finds evidence that
trade does diffuse technology to emerging markets.
I met my wife, Kaori, who is Japanese, in San
Francisco and we married
in 2002. Soon after, my life came full circle when we moved to Ithaca
and I became an assistant professor at Cornell. Our
was born in 2006 in the same hospital in which I was born.
Douglas joined us
in 2009. Outside of work and family,
my main interest is tennis. I am a faculty advisor to Cornell's varsity
team and club team.
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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Understanding Foreign Direct Investment in the Southern African Development Community: An Analysis Based on Project-Level Data with Nomathemba Mhlanga and Ralph Christy, Agricultural Economics, May/July 2010, 41(3–4), 337–347.
- Gender Bias in Power Relationships: Evidence from Police Traffic Stops with Jed DeVaro, Stephanie Leventhal, and Daniel H. Simon, forthcoming, Applied Economics.
Constraints on Investment
in an Emerging Market Crisis with Paul J. Gertler
and David I. Levine,
Journal of Monetary
Economics, April 2008, 55(3),
- Do All Firms Benefit Equally from Downstream FDI? The Moderating Effect of Local Suppliers' Capabilities on Productivity Gains, with Daniel
H. Simon, Journal
of International Business Studies, June 2009, 40, 1095–1112.
Firm-Level Examination of
the Exports Puzzle: Why East Asian Exports Didn’t Increase After the
1997–1998 Financial Crisis?
with Sonali Roy<, The World
Economy, January 2007, 30(1), 39–59.
Gains from Foreign
Investment through Technology Transfer to Local Suppliers with Paul J. Gertler, Journal of
International Economics, March 2008, 74(2), 402–421.
Productivity Growth, and Supply Chain Learning with Francisco Veloso, World Development,
July 2007, 35(7), 1134–1151.
Revisited in a Less Developed Setting with Paul
J. Gertler, Journal
of Development Economics, December
2004, 75(2), 397–416.
9/11: A Hidden Cost of Terrorism with Vrinda
Kadiyali and Daniel
H. Simon, Applied
Economics, June 2009, 41(14), 1717–1729.
- The Impact of
Airport Security Measures on the Demand for Air Travel with Vrinda
Kadiyali and Daniel
H. Simon, Journal
of Law and Economics, November 2007, 50(4), 731–755.
the Jackpot or Hitting the
Entertainment, Poverty, and the Demand for State Lotteries with David R. Just and Daniel H. Simon, American Journal of
Economics and Sociology, July 2007, 66(3), 545–570.
Firm Capabilities Affect
Benefits from Foreign Technology with Paul J. Gertler, Journal of Development
Economics, November 2009, 90(2) 192–197.
- Foreign Direct Investment and
Externalities: The Case for Public
Intervention, with Paul
J. Gertler. In Does FDI
Promote Development?, Theodore H. Moran (editor). Institute for
International Economics, Washington, D.C., 2005, 73–106.
Indonesia and Thailand, Eric D. Ramstetter and Fredrik Sjoholm
(eds), Bulletin of Indonesian
Economic Studies, August 2007, 43(2), 269–270.
A few articles I wrote for engineering trade magazines.
- How To Estimate DSP Processor
Performance with Phil Lapsley, IEEE Spectrum, July 1996, 74–78.
- Different Strategies Boost DSP's
Engineering Times, February 10, 1997, 68.
- General-Purpose Microprocessors for
DSP Applications: Consider the Trade-Offs, Electronic Design News, October 23,