Lindsay Oldenski

Lindsay Oldenski
Associate Professor
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Associate Professor 

Lindsay Oldenski joined the Landegger Program in International Buisness Diplomacy in the fall of 2009. She received her PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego and her Master in Public Policy from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Dr. Oldenski taught at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and California State University, San Marcos. She has also worked as an economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and a consultant in the biotech industry.

Dr. Oldenski conducts research on international trade and multinational organizations. She is currently working on developing models that can explain and predict the offshoring of services by multinational companies, as well as understanding the impact that offshoring has on both developed and developing countries. She has been awarded research fellowships from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Center on Pacific Economies, and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.  

  • PhD (2009) University of California, San Diego, Economics
  • MPP (2002) Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, International Trade and Finance
  • BA (2000) Guilford College, Sociology and French Literature


Journal Articles:


The Differential Effects of Bilateral Tax Treaties (with Bruce Blonigen and Nick Sly). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, vol. 6(2), pages 1-18. (May 2014, Lead Article).

Offshoring and the Polarization of the US Labor Market. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, vol. 67. (May 2014).

The Task Composition of Offshoring by US Multinationals, International Economics, issue 131 (Dec 2012).

Export Versus FDI and the Communication of Complex Information, Journal of International Economics, Vol. 87, No. 2 (July 2012).
An earlier version of this paper was circulated under the title “Export Versus FDI: A Task-Based Approach.”

Adaptation and the Boundary of Multinational Firms (w/ Arnaud Costinot and Jim Rauch), Review of Economics and Statistics Vol. 93, No. 1 (Feb 2011).

Working Papers:


Diversification, Cost Structure, and the Risk Premium of Multinational Corporations (with Jose Fillat and Stefania Garetto) Revise and Resubmit at the Journal of International Economics

Incomplete Contracts and the Labor Market Effects of Offshoring (with Brian Kovak and Nicholas Sly)



Foreign Direct Investment in the United States: Benefits, Suspicions, and Risks. (with Theodore H. Moran) Peterson Institute for International Economics, September 2013.

Outward FDI, US Exports, US Jobs, and US R&D: Implications for US Policy. (with Garry Hufbauer and Theodore H. Moran) Peterson Institute for International Economics, September 2013.

Policy Briefs:


“The Size and Strength of the US Manufacturing Base: Three Surprises” (with Theodore H. Moran). Peterson Institute for International Economics Policy Brief Number 14-18. (June 2014).

Handbook Chapters:


“Offshoring and Outsourcing” in Sam Geall, Jingjing Liu, & Sony Pellissery (Eds.), The Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Vol. 7: China, India, and East and Southeast Asia: Assessing Sustainability, Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing (2012)

“International Trade, Comparative and Absolute Advantage, and Trade Restrictions” in 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook, Rhona C. Free, editor (SAGE Publications 2010).