Roger White

Roger WhiteAssociate Professor of Economics
Douglas W. Ferguson Chair in International Economics
Department Chair






Academic History

Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. and B.A., San Francisco State University

Academic Focus

  • International Trade
  • Migration
  • Applied Econometrics
  • Economic Integration
  • Labor


Roger's research largely focuses on international trade, migration, and labor. Much of his work examines the influences that immigrants exert on trade between their home and host countries and the effects of international trade on the domestic labor market.  His primary objective is to contribute empirical studies that foster a greater understanding of international economic integration. Roger is the author of four books: Cultural Differences and Economic Globalization: Effects on Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Migration (2015); Making Sense of Anti-trade Sentiment: International Trade and the American Worker (2014); International Migration and Economic Integration: Understanding the Immigrant-Trade Line (2011); and Migration and International Trade: The US Experience since 1945 (2010). He has also published more than three dozen research articles and book chapters.

2016. “Do Immigrants Affect the Profiles of US Exporters?” with Bedassa Tadesse, Applied Economics 48(19): 143-1758 (April).

2016. “A Culture Shaped by Immigrants: Examining the Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy” with Shane Francis, in International Migration: Politics, Policies and Practices, Elizabeth J. Stephens (ed.), Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

2015. Cultural Differences and Economic Globalization: Effects on Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Migration. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

2015. “Production Efficiency and the Extensive Margins of US Exporters: An Industry-level Analysis”, with Bedassa Tadesse and Elias Shukralla, Open Economies Review 26, 5: 941-969 (November).

2015. “Comparing Advantages: US Trade with the Rest of the World, 1968-2008”, with David Buehler, Journal of Economic Integration 30, 3: 429-466 (September).

2015. “Do Immigrants Reduce Bilateral Trade Costs? An Empirical Test”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Applied Economics Letters 22, 14: 1127-1132 (July).

2015. “A Simple Solution to the Distance Puzzle: Balanced Data and Poisson Estimation”, with David Buehler, Applied Economics Letters 22, 7: 587-592 (February).

2014. Making Sense of Anti-Trade Sentiment: International Trade and the American Worker. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2014. “Source-Destination Cultural Differences, Immigrants’ Skill Levels, and Immigrant Stocks: Evidence from Six OECD Member Host Countries” with Nicole Yamasaki, National Institute Economic Review 229, 1: R53-R67 (August).   

2014. “A Factor Endowment Explanation for China’s Emergence as an International Trading Power: Calibrating the Dornbusch-Fischer-Samuelson Model for China’s Trade, 1968-2008”, in Current Issues in International Trade: Methodologies and Development Implications for the World Economy, Gouranga G. Das (ed.), Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY, pp. 127-150.

2013. “Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Proximity in Student Peer Evaluation”, Pennsylvania Economic Review 20, 2: 29-61 (Fall).

2013. “Do African Immigrants Enhance their Home Nations’ Trade with their Hosts?”, with Bedassa Tadesse, The Journal of Developing Areas 47, 2: 199-228 (Fall).

2013. “Is Cultural Distance a Determinant of International Migration Flows? Evidence from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands”, Economics Bulletin 33, 3: 2156-2168 (August).

2013. “Asset Ownership and the Probability of Repayment: An Examination of Microcredit Data from Bangladesh”, with Shamma Adeeb Alam, Development Policy Review 31, 3: 343-368 (May).

2012. “Do Immigrants Enhance International Trade in Services? The Case of US Tourism Services Exports”, with Bedassa Tadesse, International Journal of Tourism Research 14, 6: 567-585 (November/December).