Roger White

Associate 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 three books: 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 thirty research articles and book chapters.

Roger teaches International Trade and Finance, Econometrics, Growth and Development, Comparative Economic Systems, and Principles-level courses. He also supervises Economics majors' Senior Projects.  He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Economics and Management at the Beijing Information Science & Technology University.

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

2014. “A Simple Solution to the Distance Puzzle: Balanced Data and Poisson Estimation”, with David Buehler, Applied Economics Letters (Forthcoming).

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).