Eric Verhoogen is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is a research affiliate at the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, and the Institute for the Study of Labor. He has research interests in development economics, international trade, labor economics and industrial organization. His primary research area is industrial development -- applied microeconomic work on firms in developing countries, with special attention to the process of quality upgrading and the role of international integration in that process. He received his bachelor's degree from Harvard College and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Many well-established theories of trade emphasise reallocations of resources in response to changes in trade costs. The increasing availability of micro-data has made it possible to investigate such adjustments at ever-more-detailed levels: not just across industries, but across firms within industries, across products within firms, across destination markets for sales of particular products within firms. Studies along these lines, and the new generation of trade theories that has accompanied them, have yielded many important insights.