Richard Pomfret

Richard Pomfret

Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics
International Economics
International Development
European and Eurasian Studies
Southeast Asia Studies

SAIS Europe


  • Asia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Southeast Asia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Economic Development
  • International Economics
  • French
  • German
  • Italian

Background and Education

Jean Monnet Chair on the Economics of European Integration, and Professor of Economics, University of Adelaide. Serves as a consultant to the UN Development Program, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank; Associate Fellow at the Centre for Euro-Asian Studies at the University of Reading, International Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute of World Economics and Associate Fellow at the ROSES-CNRS of Université-Paris I Sorbonne; associate professor and professor of economics at in Bologna, Washington DC and Nanjing (1980-1991). PhD, economics, Simon Fraser University.

Publications: Author of numerous books and articles on international economics, economic development, and other subjects. Recent books include International Trade: Theory, Evidence and Policy (2016), Public Policy and Professional Sports (with John K. Wilson, 2014); Regionalism in East Asia: Why has it flourished since 2000 and how far will it go? (2011).

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2015-03-27 00:00:00 
Spring 2018 
Gives an analyt...
Gives an analytical review of the economies of the Central Asian countries. After considering the geographical, cultural and historical basis for identifying a Central Asian region, focuses on the post-independence economies of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and on the economic influence of the region's major natural resources (cotton, minerals, oil and gas). Examines regional integration and relations to neighboring economies. (Cross listed International Economics/European and Eurasian Studies/Asian Studies/International Development)
Spring 2018 
International T...
International Trade Theory gives an overview of the causes and consequences of international trade, as well as the institutional context in which trade (and factor movements) take place in the modern economy.  Topics in the first half of the course include:  determinants of trade flows, effects of trade on economic welfare and income distribution, trade and economic growth, international labor and capital flows, including foreign direct investment, and the emergence of global value chains.  The second half of the course focuses on policy issues: efficiency and redistributive effects of tariff and nontariff protection of domestic industries, the theory of preferential trading agreements, and trade and economic development.  We will also pay attention to empirical methods for testing trade theories and for measuring the effects of international trade and the consequences of trade policies, and to institutional issues such as the history of the global trading system, multilateral trade negotiations and the GATT/WTO system, and regionalism.
July 13, 2017 
Richard Pomfret...

Richard Pomfret, Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics, spoke at Nanjing University School of Business about "China's Belt and Road Strategy ."

September 23, 2016 
Richard Pomfret...

Richard Pomfret, Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics, wrote an article for VoxEU entitled "Trade effects of customs union on a third country: New EU members' trade with Australia after 2004."

April 8, 2015 
Richard Pomfret...

Richard Pomfret, Senior Adjunct Professor of International Economics, published a work with Edward Elgar Publishing entitled "Trade In Asia."