Rodney D. Ludema


Associate Professor 

Rodney D. Ludema has been at Georgetown since 1995, with a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and the School of Foreign Service. He received his B.A. from Calvin College and his M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from Columbia University. 

Professor Ludema specializes in the area of international trade. His research interests include the political economy of trade policy, international trade bargaining, preferential trade agreements, trade and the environment, GATT rules and dispute settlement, and economic geography 

At Georgetown, he teaches international trade in the undergraduate, MSFS and PhD programs. He serves as the coordinator of the joint MA programs in economics and the economics core chair of the MSFS program.

  • PhD (1990) Columbia University, Economics


Refereed Journal Articles

"Do Terms-of-Trade Effects Matter for Trade Agreements? Theory and Evidence from WTO Countries" (with Anna Maria Mayda), Quarterly Journal of Economics, forthcoming.

"Do Countries Free Ride on MFN?" (with Anna Maria Mayda), Journal of International Economics, Volume 77, Issue 2, 137-150, April 2009.

"Estimating the Price Effects of Non-tariff Barriers" (with Judith Dean, Jose Signoret, Robert Feinberg and Michael Ferrantino). B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (Contributions), Volume 9, Issue 1, Article 12, 2009.

"Delegation versus Communication in the Organization of Government," (with Anders Olofsgard),Journal of Public Economics, Volume 90, Issue 1, 213-235, February 2008.

"Tariffs and the Adoption of Clean Technology under Asymmetric Information" (withTaizo Takeno),Canadian Journal of Economics, Volume 40, Issue 4, 1100-1117, November 2007.

"Increasing Returns, Multinationals and the Geography of Preferential Trade Agreements," Journal of International Economics,Volume 56, Issue 2, 329-358, March 2002.

"Market Collusion and the Politics of Protection," European Journal of Political Economy,Volume 17, Issue 4, 817-833, November 2001.

"A Theory of Trade Policy Leadership," (with Daniel E. Coates), Journal of Development EconomicsVol. 65, No. 1, 1-29, June 2001.

"Optimal International Trade Agreements and Dispute Settlement Procedures," European Journal of Political Economy,Vol. 72, No. 2, 355-376, June 2001.

"Economic Geography and Fiscal Effects of Regional Integration," (with Ian Wooton), Journal of International Economics,Vol. 52, No. 2, 331-357, December 2000.

"Building and International Investment Framework: Comparing the Development of Trade and Investment Accords," (with John M. Kline) Transnational Corporations, Vol 6, No. 3, December 1997.

"International Trade Rules and Environmental Cooperation under Asymmetric Information," (with Ian Wooton), International Economic Review, Vol. 38, No. 3, August 1997.

"Cross-Border Externalities and Trade Liberalization: The Strategic Control of Pollution," (with Ian Wooton), Canadian Journal of Economics, XXVII, 4, 950-966, November 1994. (Reprinted in International Trade and the Environment,

Judith M. Dean, ed., International Library of Environmental Economics and Policy Series. Ashgate, 2002)
"International Trade Bargaining and the Most-Favored-Nation Clause," Economics and Politics, Vol 3, No. 1, 1-20,

March 1991. (Reprinted in: The WTO's Core Rules and Disciplines, Volume 1, Kym Anderson and Bernard Hoekman, eds, Critical Perspectives on the Global Trading System and the WTO series, Elgar, 2006)

Non-refereed Journal Articles

"Comment on 'The Global Effects of Subglobal Climate Policies'," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 10: Iss. 2 (Symposium), Article 1, January 2011.

"Allies and Friends: The Trade Policy Review of the United States 2006," The World Economy, Vol. 30, Issue 8, Page 1209-1221, August 2007.

"A WTO Agreement on Competition Policy: Prospects and Pitfalls," USITC International Economic Review, USITC Publication 3506, March/April 2002.

"The Return of Dependency Theory: Is Primary Commodity Specialization Bad for Development?"USITC International Economic Review, USITC Publication 3466, 17-24, September/November 2001.

Book Chapters and Book Reviews

"Canada: No Place Like Home for Antidumping,” in Chad Bown (ed.,) The Great Recession and Import Protection: The Role of Temporary Trade Barriers. London, UK: CEPR and World Bank, 2011.

"Multilateral Trade Negotiations," in Kenneth Reinert and Ramkishen Rajan (eds.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy, Volume 2, Princeton University Press, 2009.

"Globalization and the State: A View from Economics," in James W. Skillen (ed.), Prospects and Ambiguities of Globalization: Critical Assessment at a Time of Growing Turmoil, Lexington Books, 2009. pp 55-69.

"Prebisch-Singer Redux," (with John Cuddington and Shamila Jayasuriya), in Daniel Lederman and William F. Maloney (eds.), Natural Resources: Neither Curse nor Destiny, Stanford University Press, 2007.

"Regional Integration, Trade, and Migration: Are Demand Linkages Relevant in Europe?" in, Jaime de Melo, Riccardo Faini, and Klaus Zimmermann, eds., Migration: The Controversies and the Evidence,Cambridge University Press, August 1999.

"Comments on 'GATT Dispute Settlement and Cooperation,' by Dan Kovenock and Marie Thursby," Deardorff, Alan and Robert Stern, eds., Analytical and Negotiating Issues in the Global Trading System,University of Michigan Press, 1994.

"Review of Cooperation and Governance in International Trade: The Strategic Organizational Approach, by Yarbrough, Beth V. and Robert M. Yarbrough," in Journal of International Economics, 35 (1993), 392-394.