Theodore A. Wells '29 Professor of Economics and International Affairs

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  • Macroeconomics
  • International Trade
  • Urban Economics


Rossi-Hansberg’s research studies topics in macroeconomics, international trade, organizational economics, as well as regional and urban economics. His research has proposed theories and uncovered empirical evidence that describes and predicts how economic activity is organized and distributed across space and time, and how firms change their organizational structure depending on their characteristics and the environment they face. Some of his best-known work has studied the effect of offshoring on domestic wages, the internal structure of cities and the policies to improve them, and the role played by migration in the evolution of the world economy. Lately his work has focused on explaining the location decision of agents and its persistence, and well as on understanding the impact of climate change on the distribution of economic activity.

Rossi-Hansberg’s is a fellow of the Econometric Society, a Sloan Fellowship recipient, and was awarded the August Lösch and Geoffrey Hewings Pizes in 2010 for his work on urban economics. His work has been published in all major journals in economics including the American Economic Review, Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economic Studies.

Rossi-Hansberg has taught courses in macroeconomics, international trade, and urban economics at Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. Outside of the university-setting, he serves as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and as research fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

Rossi-Hansberg earned a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago. Additionally, he holds both a MA and a BA in economics from ITAM, Mexico.

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