Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Staff Biography

[Photo: Swati DHINGRA] Dr Swati DHINGRA
Senior Lecturer - Trade
Tel:  0207 955 7804
Room/Desk: 32L 2.31  

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Expertise: International Trade, Industrial Development, Trade Policy


Swati Dhingra is a Lecturer at the Department of Economics at LSE. Before joining LSE, she completed a PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a fellow at Princeton University. Her research interests are international economics, globalization and industrial policy.

Current Areas of Research:

The impact of trade agreements

Firms in international trade

Industrial development in India


  • PhD in Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MS Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA Economics, Delhi School of Economics
  • BA (Hons) Economics, Delhi University


  • FIW Young Economist Award and ETSG Chair Jacquemin Prize, with John Morrow for “Monopolistic Competition and Optimum Product Diversity under Firm Heterogeneity”, 2012.

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications:

  • Contracting and the Division of the Gains from Trade
    Andrew B. Bernard, Swati Dhingra, October 2015
    Paper No' CEPDP1381: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • #ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election
    Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine DechezleprÍtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness, Gabriel Zucman, April 2015
    Paper No' CEPEA034: Read Abstract | Paper 1 (pdf) | Paper 2 (pdf)

  • Should We Stay or Should We Go? The economic consequences of leaving the EU
    Swati Dhingra, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Thomas Sampson, March 2015
    Paper No' CEPEA022: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Reconciling Observed Tariffs and the Median Voter Model
    Swati Dhingra, July 2014
    Paper No' CEPDP1285: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)
    This paper has been published as:
    Reconciling observed tariffs and the median voter model, Swati Dhingra, Economics & Politics, Volume 26, Issue3, November 2014

  • The Impact of Integration on Productivity and Welfare Distortions Under Monopolistic Competition
    Swati Dhingra, John Morrow, February 2012
    Paper No' CEPDP1130: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Trading Away Wide Brands for Cheap Brands
    Swati Dhingra, December 2011
    Paper No' CEPDP1103: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)