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Robert W Staiger

Department of Economics
Dartmouth College
United States of America

Robert W Staiger


Robert W. Staiger is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor in the Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Economics, at Dartmouth College. He is also Editor (with Charles Engel) of the Journal of International Economics, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Staiger’s research focuses on international trade policy rules and institutions, with particular emphasis on the economics of the GATT/WTO. His research has been published in numerous academic journals, and in a book, The Economics of the World Trading System, co-authored with Kyle Bagwell and published by The MIT Press (2002). Staiger recently served as Editor, with Kyle Bagwell, of The Handbook of Commercial Policy, published by Elsevier in December 2016. Staiger received his A.B. from Williams College in 1980 and his Ph.D. from Michigan in 1985. He was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford from 1985 through 1991 and promoted to tenure in 1991. In 1993 Staiger joined the Economics Department at Wisconsin, where he remained until his return to Stanford in 2006. In 2011 Staiger rejoined the Economics Department at Wisconsin, before joining the Economics Department at Dartmouth in the Fall of 2014. Staiger was a National Fellow of the Hoover Institution (1988-89), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1990-92), a Senior Staff Economist at CEA (1991-92) and a Fellow at CASBS at Stanford (1996-97). He was a Reporter for the American Law Institute in its study of Principles of Trade Law: The World Trade Organization (2002-12), and has served on the selection panel for the WTO’s Award for Young Economists since 2009. He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society (2008). In the Fall of 2016 Staiger gave the Ohlin Lectures at the Stockholm School of Economics, and in the Spring of 2018 he will give the Graham Lecture at Princeton University.

Research Interest

Development economics, labor markets in developing countries


  • Bagwell K, Staiger RW. Delocation and trade agreements in imperfectly competitive markets. National Bureau of Economic Research; 2009 Oct 22.

  • Bagwell K, Staiger RW. The design of trade agreements. Handbook of Commercial Policy. 2016 Dec 31;1:435-529.

  • Auerbach DI, Staiger DO, Muench U, Buerhaus PI. The nursing workforce in an era of health care reform. New England Journal of Medicine. 2013 Apr 18;368(16):1470-2.

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