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International Economics

International Economics

International Economics brings creative solutions through the use of economic models and qualitative tools to help governments and private companies draft and implement their strategic blueprints concerning trade and investment decisions, with a wealth of working experience across Africa, Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe.


Svetlana Demidova 

Research Chair | Associate Professor


My research interests are in the field of International Trade. In particular, I specialize in settings with firm heterogeneity and variable market power with applications to gains from trade, various industrial policies, regional trade agreements, and the determinants of firm and industry-level productivity.

Alok Johri 

Chair of Graduate Studies | Professor


My research interests are in many areas of macroeconomics, monetary economics and their intersections with international economics and development. My recent interests lie in understanding the economics of sovereign defaults and the government sector more generally with an emphasis on the role of institutions and political economy. My earlier work was more focused on business cycles in closed and open economies.

Marc-André Letendre 

Chair | Associate Professor


My research has focused on understanding business cycle fluctuations. In my work, I use dynamic stochastic general equilibrium models to look for macroeconomic shocks and propagation mechanisms that help theoretical models produce business cycle fluctuations that looked like those observed in Canada, the United States, and emerging countries. Many of my research projects have focused on open-economy dimensions like movements in the trade balance, the current account, and the co-movement of economic fluctuations across countries.

Pau S. Pujolas 

Associate Chair |  Associate Professor


My research is in International Trade and in Macroeconomics, where I explore theoretical, empirical, and quantitative questions. In my research in International Trade, I have studied the sources of the welfare gains from trade, the adequacy of current trade models to predict trade liberalization, and the changing patterns between rich and poor countries over the last two centuries. In my research in Macroeconomics, I have studied the fiscal policy nature of default episodes, the adequacy of modern macro models considering the labor share decline, and the sources of the Canadian economy’s productivity slowdown.

Farzana Alamgir 

PhD Student

Ionut (Johnny) Cotoc 

PhD Student

Oliver Loertscher 

PhD Student


My research is focused on empirical, quantitative and theoretical questions in International Trade and in Macroeconomics. Currently I am studying the ability of trade models to reproduce the empirical distribution of prices and how this relates to measuring the welfare gains from trade. I am also investigating how trade flows in environmental goods adjust in response to changes in climate policies.