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[Photo: Emanuel ORNELAS] Dr Emanuel ORNELAS
Associate - Trade
Tel:  020 7955 5175
Email: e.a.ornelas@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE   NAB5.30

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Expertise: International trade agreements; Trade policy


Emanuel Ornelas, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison), is an Associate Professor in the Managerial Economics and Strategy Group, Department of Management, London School of Economics, and a Professor at Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV. Ornelas is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Research Affiliate of the International Growth Centre. Prior to joining LSE, he worked as an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia and at Ibmec-Rio. Ornelas’ research interests include international trade, political economy, and theories of the firm. In recent work he has examined the political economy of the formation and the consequences of regional trade agreements; the strategies of exporting firms; the impact of trade liberalization on firms’ investment incentives; the implications of the separation of ownership from control for the efficient restructuring of firms. Ornelas has presented his work in numerous professional conferences and academic institutions. He has published in several academic journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of International Economics, the Economic Journal, Games and Economic Behavior, and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.

Current Areas of Research:

Emanuel’s current research focuses on the impact of trade shocks on firms’ behaviour, the incentives to offshore under free trade agreements, and the effects of political competition and constraints on the public debt on economic policies. His research interests include international trade, political economy and theories of the firm.


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 2002
  • MSc, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, 1997
  • BSc, Federal University of Minas Gerais, 1993


  • Discussant of the WTO’s World Trade Report 2011 at its official launching, July 2011
  • Chair Jacquemin award for “best paper on Heterogeneous Firms and Trade Policy” (ETSG), 2009
  • Haralambos Simeonidis Award for Best Paper by an Economist Affiliated to a Brazilian Institution, 2005

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Managerial Economics and Strategy Group, London School of Economics - Associate Professor (on leave)
  • Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV - Professor
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) - Research Fellow
  • International Growth Centre (IGC) - Research Affiliate

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • Special and Differential Treatment for Developing Countries
    Emanuel Ornelas, March 2016
    Paper No' CEPDP1415: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Political Competition and the Limits of Political Compromise
    Alexandre B. Cunha, Emanuel Ornelas, March 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1263: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Free Trade Aggreements and the Consolidation of Democracy
    Xuepeng Liu, Emanuel Ornelas, January 2013
    Paper No' CEPDP1184: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Sequential exporting: how firms break into foreign markets
    Facundo Albornoz, Hector Calvo-Pardo, Gregory Corcos, Emanuel Ornelas, February 2012
    Paper No' CEPCP364: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Institutions and Export Dynamics
    Luis Araujo, Giordano Mion, Emanuel Ornelas, January 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1118: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Preferential Trade Agreements and the Labor Market
    Emanuel Ornelas, January 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1117: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Regional trade agreements: blessing or burden?
    Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, July 2010
    Paper No' CEPCP313: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Sequential Exporting
    Facundo Albornoz, Hector Calvo-Pardo, Gregory Corcos, Emanuel Ornelas, March 2010
    Paper No' CEPDP0974: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Regional Trade Agreements
    Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, December 2009
    Paper No' CEPDP0961: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The ASEAN Free Trade Agreement: Impact on Trade Flows and External Trade Barriers
    Hector Calvo-Pardo, Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, May 2009
    Paper No' CEPDP0930: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Protection and International Sourcing
    Emanuel Ornelas, John L. Turner, December 2008
    Paper No' CEPDP0900: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Does Regionalism Affect Trade Liberalization Towards Non-Members?
    Antoni Estevadeordal, Caroline Freund, Emanuel Ornelas, May 2008
    Paper No' CEPDP0868: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Trust-Based Trade
    Luis Araujo, Emanuel Ornelas, August 2007
    Paper No' CEPDP0820: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)