Nancy Chau


201A Warren Hall
(607) 255-4463

Nancy Chau joined the faculty in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell in 1999. Prior to joining the Cornell faculty, she was an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a research fellow at the Center for Development Research at the University of Bonn.

Research Focus

Professor Chau's research interests fall under three main areas: international trade, regional economics, and economic development, with particular emphasis on the economics of information and uncertainty. Recent research focuses on index measurement of trade restrictiveness that accounts for second-best argumentation of trade policies, market-based approaches to foster labor and environmental standards via international trade, and the impact of direct farm payments and import barriers on export promotion.

Professor Chau was recently awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, and the first T. W. Schultz Award of the International Agricultural Economics Association. She is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, a senior fellow at the Center for Development Research, a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA Bonn), and member of an expert panel for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Professor Chau has published widely, in journals such as Economic Journal, Economics and Politics, Economica, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Public Economic Theory, and the World Bank Economic Review.

Teaching Focus

International Economics
Development Economics

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship (2007) Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Chau, N. H., Basu, A., & Kanbur, R. (2015). Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality. Economic Journal.
  • Akee, R., Basu, A., Bedi, A., & Chau, N. H. (2014). Transnational Trafficking, Law Enforcement and Victim Protection: A Middleman's Perspective. Journal of Law and Economics. 57:349-386.
  • Chau, N. H., FÄRE, R., & GROSSKOPF, S. (2013). Trade Restrictiveness and Pollution. Journal of Public Economic Theory. 15:25 - 52.
  • Chau, N. H., & Fare, R. (2011). Shadow Pricing Market Access: A Trade Benefit Function Approach. Journal of Economic Theory. 146:1631-1663.
  • Basu, A., Chau, N. H., & Kanbur, R. (2010). Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws. Economic Journal. 120:244-269.