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nancy chau

Nancy Chau


Areas of Expertise

International Trade, Regional Economics, Development Economics

Contact Information

201A Warren Hall • Phone: 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.

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.


Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 1996
M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 1993
B.A., International Christian University, Tokyo, 1991

Courses Taught

AEM 4190: Strategic Thinking
AEM 4300: International Trade Policy
AEM 6320: Open Economy Analysis: Theory and Applications

Selected Publications

Contractual Dualism, Market Power and Informality, (with Arnab K. Basu and Ravi Kanbur). Forthcoming in Economic Journal.

Transnational Trafficking, Law Enforcement, and Victim Protection: A Middleman Trafficker's Perspective, (with Randall Akee, Arnab K. Basu, and Arjun Bedi). Journal of Law and Economics 57(2): 349 - 386. 2014.

Trade Restrictiveness and Pollution—A Directional Distance Function Approach, (with Rolf Färe and Shawna Grosskopf). Journal of Public Economic Theory 15 (1): 25-52. 2013.

Shadow Pricing Market Access: A Trade Benefit Function Approach. (with Rolf Färe). Journal of Economic Theory 146 (4): 1631-1663. 2011.

Harnessing the Forces of Urban Expansion in China: The Public Economics of Land Development Allowance (with Weiwen Zhang). Land Economics 87: 488-507. 2011.

Turning a Blind Eye: Costly Enforcement, Credible Commitment and Minimum Wage Laws (with Arnab Basu and Ravi Kanbur). Economic Journal 120:244-69. 2010.

A Theory of Employment Guarantees: Contestability, Credibility and Distributional Concerns (with Arnab Basu and Ravi Kanbur). Journal of Public Economics 93(3-4):482-97. 2009.

Multinational Corporations and Export Quality (with Hamid Beladi and Reza Oladi). Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 65:147-55. 2008.

Nonprofits and Public Good Provision: A Contest Based on Compromises (with Marieke Huysentruyt). European Economic Review 50(8):1909-35. 2006.

A Race to the Bottom from the Bottom: Labor Standards Competition Among Developing Countries (with Ravi Kanbur). Economica 73(290):193-228. 2006.

Guaranteed Manufactured Without Child Labor: The Economics of Consumer Boycotts, Social Labeling and Trade Sanctions (with Arnab Basu and Ulrike Grote). Review of Development Economics 10(3):466-91. 2006.

Exploitation of Child Labor and the Dynamics of Debt Bondage (with Arnab Basu). Journal of Economic Growth 9:209-38. 2004.

Trade Restrictiveness and Efficiency (with Rolf Fare and Shawna Grosskopf). International Economic Review 44(3):1079-95. 2003.

Concessional Amnesty and the Politics of Immigration Reforms. Economics and Politics 15(2):193-224. 2003.
Targeting Child Labor in Debt Bondage: Evidence, Theory and Policy (with Arnab Basu). World Bank Economic Review 17:255-81. 2003.

The Adoption of International Labor Standard Conventions: Who, When and Why? (with Ravi Kanbur). Brookings Trade Forum 2001:113-56. 2002.

Strategic Amnesty and Credible Immigration Reforms. Journal of Labor Economics 19(3):604-34. 2001.

Optimal Urban Employment Policies: Notes on Calvo and Quibria (with M. Ali Khan). International Economic Review 42(2):557-68. 2001.