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Pierre-Louis Vezina
Pierre-Louis Vezina

Dr Pierre-Louis Vezina

Reader in Economics

Research interests

  • Economics
  • International development
  • Policy

Biography

Pierre-Louis is a Reader in Economics affiliated with the Department of Political Economy.

Previously, he was a lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research interests include using natural experiments and novel datasets to get a better grasp of policy issues in trade, development, and migration.

He holds a PhD in International Economics from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and has been a consultant for the World Bank. He is also Assistant Editor for the European Economic Review and VoxEU.org.

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Research

  • International trade, development, migration and corruption

Pierre-Louis sees himself as an applied-micro economist who uses natural experiments and novel datasets to get a better grasp of policy issues in trade and development. For example, his latest working paper uses the exodus of the Vietnamese Boat People as a natural experiment to establish causal evidence of a long-run developmental impact of immigration (ie export creation).

His research also often shows that trade policies can impact developing countries in many unexpected ways. In a recent paper in the Journal of Development Economics, he shows how the combination of US trade preferences for Africa with quotas on China has inadvertently transformed Africa into a trade corridor for Chinese apparel exporters.

His current projects are on production fragmentation and development in Factory Asia, on the politics of China’s trade with Africa, on PayPal remittances, on the Dutch Disease in Indonesia, and on foreign investment in Mozambique.  

Teaching

Undergraduate

Further details

See Pierre-Louis' research profile

    Research

    quantative resized
    Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

    The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

    Mind the gap
    Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Growth research group

    Exploring the causes of poverty in emerging economies and the factors that prevent people from escaping it, including who remains vulnerable to economic slow-downs.

    News

    Trade war between superpowers provided unexpected boost for nation

    A trade war between China and the United States triggered by former president Donald Trump created an unexpected boost for Vietnam, new research has shown.

    trade

    How victims of Soviet-era gulags are shaping prosperity

    The Soviet network of gulags may have been set up to dismantle the wealthy bourgeois and intellectual classes but, according to a new study, the practice has...

    denny-muller-Gulag-unsplash

    Call for papers issued ahead of second workshop on migration

    The Department of Political Economy is jointly organising a second major workshop on migration.

    kyle-glenn-nXt5HtLmlgE-unsplash

    Discovery of oil and gas can perpetuate 'resource curse' in developing countries

    The discovery of large deposits of natural resources triggers a huge spike in arms imports in developing countries, a new academic paper has found.

    The discovery of oil and gas reserves can lead to a spike in arms imports.

    Events

    30MarMigrationWork

    Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration 2023

    Organised by EBRD, King’s College London, and Kadir Has University

    Please note: this event has passed.

    22AprThe Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration takes in April.

    2nd EBRD and King’s College London Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration

    The Department of Political Economy is jointly organising a second major workshop on migration.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    19NovMigrationWork

    Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration

    An international team of scholars and experts will come together next month for a workshop taking an in-depth look at migration.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Features

    Uncovering kleptocratic behaviour in private jet flights

    This blog post suggests tracking the private jet flights of authoritarian leaders to banking locations like Geneva and luxury holiday spots can provide...

    gray-plane-wing-62623

      Research

      quantative resized
      Quantitative Political Economy Research Group

      The Quantitative Political Economy research group gathers economists and political scientists that are committed to bridging the two disciplines. The common ground is the study politics and policies with advanced quantitative methods and formal modeling.

      Mind the gap
      Poverty, Inequality & Inclusive Growth research group

      Exploring the causes of poverty in emerging economies and the factors that prevent people from escaping it, including who remains vulnerable to economic slow-downs.

      News

      Trade war between superpowers provided unexpected boost for nation

      A trade war between China and the United States triggered by former president Donald Trump created an unexpected boost for Vietnam, new research has shown.

      trade

      How victims of Soviet-era gulags are shaping prosperity

      The Soviet network of gulags may have been set up to dismantle the wealthy bourgeois and intellectual classes but, according to a new study, the practice has...

      denny-muller-Gulag-unsplash

      Call for papers issued ahead of second workshop on migration

      The Department of Political Economy is jointly organising a second major workshop on migration.

      kyle-glenn-nXt5HtLmlgE-unsplash

      Discovery of oil and gas can perpetuate 'resource curse' in developing countries

      The discovery of large deposits of natural resources triggers a huge spike in arms imports in developing countries, a new academic paper has found.

      The discovery of oil and gas reserves can lead to a spike in arms imports.

      Events

      30MarMigrationWork

      Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration 2023

      Organised by EBRD, King’s College London, and Kadir Has University

      Please note: this event has passed.

      22AprThe Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration takes in April.

      2nd EBRD and King’s College London Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration

      The Department of Political Economy is jointly organising a second major workshop on migration.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      19NovMigrationWork

      Workshop on the Economics and Politics of Migration

      An international team of scholars and experts will come together next month for a workshop taking an in-depth look at migration.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Features

      Uncovering kleptocratic behaviour in private jet flights

      This blog post suggests tracking the private jet flights of authoritarian leaders to banking locations like Geneva and luxury holiday spots can provide...

      gray-plane-wing-62623