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Robert Christopher Feenstra


  • Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
  • B.A., Economics, University of British Columbia, 1977


Robert C. Feenstra holds the C. Bryan Cameron Distinguished Chair in International Economics at the University of California, Davis. He is director of the Center for International Data (CID), an organization within the Department of Economics at UC Davis that collects, enhances, creates and disseminates international economic data. He also directs the International Trade and Investment program at the National Bureau of Economic Research, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Feenstra has published over 100 articles in international trade, as well as 15 books, including the graduate textbook Advanced International Trade: Theory and Evidence (Princeton University Press, 2nd ed., 2015), and an undergraduate textbook jointly with Alan M. Taylor, International Economics (Worth Publishers, 3rd ed., 2014). His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Sloan Foundation. He specializes in U.S. and global trade patterns, and he has lectured in Canada, Europe, China and throughout Asia

    Research Focus

    Professor Feenstra’s research focuses on international economics and applied microeconomics.

    Selected Publications

    • Feenstra, R., B. Mandel, M. B. Reinsdorf, and M. J. Slaughter. “Effects of Terms of Trade Gains and Tariff Changes on the Measurement of U.S. Productivity Growth.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5.1 (February 2013): 59–93.
    • Feenstra, R., H. Ma, J. P. Neary, and D. S. P. Rao. “Who Shrunk China? Puzzles in the Measurement of Real GDP.” Economic Journal 123.573 (December 2013): 1100–1129.
    • Feenstra, R., Z. Li, and M. Yu. “Exports and Credit Constraints Under Incomplete Information: Theory and Evidence from China.” Review of Economics and Statistics 96.4 (2014): 729–744. 
    • Feenstra, R., and J. Romalis. “International Prices and Endogenous Quality.” Quarterly Journal of Economics 129.2 (lead article, May 2014): 477–528.


     Robert Feenstra teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of international trade


    Dr. Feenstra has won numerous awards throughout his career, including the Bernhard Harms Prize from the Kiel Institute for World Economics at the University of Kiel in 2006. He was awarded the Herbert A. Young Society Dean’s Fellowship at UC Davis from 2010 to 2013.