Romain Wacziarg

Romain Wacziarg, MA, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, UCLA Anderson School of Management
Europe Center Research Affiliate

UCLA Anderson School of Management
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Los Angeles CA 90095-1481

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Research Interests

economic integration; trade and economic growth; political economy of trade; economic aspects of political separatism


Romain Wacziarg is an associate professor of economics at UCLA's Anderson School of Management. Previously, he was associate professor of economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. An expert on international political economy, he has focused mainly on international trade and its relationship with economic development. Most recently, he has published research on the relationship between openness to trade and economic growth, as well as on the effect of an open world-trade regime on incentives for geographic regions to secede. His other areas of recent focus include a study linking ethnic, religious and linguistic diversity with economic variables; a study evaluating the economic costs and benefits of political borders; and two studies evaluating the relationship between international trade and the rise and fall of industries.

Wacziarg is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a faculty fellow at the Stanford Center for International Development, and he was a national fellow at the Hoover Institution in 2002-2003. He grew up in India and France and has worked as a consultant to the World Bank. He received his undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, an MA from the University of Paris-Dauphine and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

Stanford Affiliations

Graduate School of Business

Other Affiliations

National Bureau of Economic Research; Econometric Society; American Economic Association; Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK)