Professor, Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
Eric Verhoogen is a Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. He is also a Research Programme Director for the IGC’s Firms Research Programme. His main research area is industrial development – applied microeconomic research on firms in developing countries. This area overlaps with the fields of development economics, international trade, labor economics, and industrial organization. A recurrent theme in his work is the process of quality upgrading in the manufacturing sectors of developing countries – its causes, consequences, and broader implications.
Recent work by Eric Verhoogen
Success when exporting to richer countries requires upgrading the quality of products, but also of inputs
For technology adoption to be successful, employees need to expect to share in the gains
Eric Verhoogen discusses the organisational barriers to technology adoption based on evidence from soccer-ball producers in Pakistan.
Eric Verhoogen explains the relationship between trade liberalisation and wage inequality in developing countries.
Even formal firms evade payroll taxes, and workers can be effective monitors of their employers’ reports, with the right incentives.