Gene Grossman


Department/Program: Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Office location: 300 Fisher Hall       

Phone: 258-4823



Office Hours: Thursday, 2:10 – 4:10 pm or by appointment

Profile:   Gene Grossman is the Jacob Viner Professor of International Economics, Director of the International Economics Section, and former chair of the Economics Department.  He received his B.A. in Yale in 1976 and his Ph.D. from the MIT in 1980,  before joining the Princeton faculty later that year.

Professor Grossman writes extensively about international trade.  He is well known for his work on the determinants of international competitiveness in dynamic, research-intensive industries, and in particular for his book with Elhanan Helpman entitled Innovation and Growth in the Global Economy.  He has also written (with colleague Alan Krueger) a pair of widely-cited papers on the likely environmental impacts of the North American Free Trade Agreement and on the relationship between economic growth and the environment, which initiated a voluminous literature on the so-called “Environmental Kuznets Curve.”  Another branch of Professor Grossman’s research focuses on the political forces that shape modern trade policy.  He and Elhanan Helpman collaborated on Special Interest Politics,  which was published by the MIT Press in 2001.  Professor Grossman’s recent research focuses on the causes and consequences of offshoring, or what he and co-author Esteban Rossi-Hansberg have termed “task trade.”