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[Photo: Stephen REDDING] Professor Stephen REDDING
Associate - Trade
Email: s.j.redding@lse.ac.uk

Princeton University
Tel: 016092584016
Email: reddings@princeton.edu

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Expertise: International Trade


Stephen Redding's research interests include productivity growth at the firm and industry level, international trade and economic geography. Recent work has examined the relationship between comparative advantage and heterogeneous firms' response to international trade; the role of product choice in understanding firm development and industry dynamics; the uneven effects of Indian liberalization; the role of ‘absorptive capacity' in facilitating the international transfer of technology; and the role played by market access in determining economic prosperity. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship during 2001-4 for his research on international trade and economic growth and a Global Economic Affairs Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy in 2008. He was a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Economics, Harvard University during Fall 2007 and was a Peter Kenen Fellow in International Economics at Princeton University during 2005-6. He is currently Director of the Globalization Programme at the Centre for Economic Performance, a Professor in the Economics Department at the London School of Economics, a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and a Research Fellow of the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Prior to joining the London School of Economics, he worked as a research economist at the Bank of England on the relationship between international openness and economic growth, published as Openness and Growth, (eds) Proudman and Redding, Bank of England, London. Publications in academic journals include the American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Economic Review, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics.

Current Areas of Research:

International Trade

Economic Geography


  • BA (First Class), Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
  • M. Phil. Economics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
  • D. Phil. (PhD) Economics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.


  • Philip Leverhulme Prize Fellowship 2001-2004
  • Peter Kenen Fellow in International Economics, Princeton University, 2005-2006
  • Global Economic Affairs Prize from the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, 2008

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Department of Economics, London School of Economics - Professor of Economics
  • Centre for Economic Policy Research - Research Fellow, International Trade Programme
  • Institute For Fiscal Studies - Research Fellow

Selected Publications:

See also Publications on LSE Research Online book
  • "The Costs of Remoteness: Evidence from German Division and Reunification" (joint with Daniel Sturm), American Economic Review, 98(5), 1766-1797, 2008.

  • "The Unequal Effects of Liberalization: Evidence from Dismantling the License Raj in India" (joint with Philippe Aghion, Robin Burgess and Fabrizio Zilibotti), American Economic Review, 98(4), 1397–1412, 2008.

  • "Comparative Advantage and Heterogeneous Firms" (joint with Andrew Bernard and Peter Schott), Review of Economic Studies, 73(1), 31-66, 2007.

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