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Dr Pierre-Louis Vezina


Postal Address

Department of Political Economy
King’s College London
Strand Campus
Bush House (North East Wing)
30 Aldwych
London WC2B 4BG



Department of Political Economy and the Department of International Development

Location:  Room 8.17 Bush House (North East Wing)

Office Hours
Monday: 10-11am, 3-4pm


Pierre-Louis is a Lecturer in Economics affiliated with the International Development Institute and the Department of Political Economy at King’s College London. Previously he was lecturer at the University of Birmingham and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His research interests include international trade, development, migration and corruption. 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 at See more at


Pierre-Louis is 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, i.e. export creation. Pierre-Louis' research also often shows that trade policies can impact developing countries in many unexpected ways. In a recent co-authored paper in the Journal of Development Economics he showed that 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 most 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.



  • Development Theory
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Globalisation & International Trade.


Selected Journal Articles:

There goes gravity: eBay and the death of distance (with Andreas Lendle, Marcelo Olarreaga, and Simon Schropp),forthcoming, Economic Journal

Race-to-the-bottom tariff cutting, Review of International Economics, (2014) 22: 444–458

The rise and fall of (Chinese) African apparel exports (with L. Rotunno and Z. Wang) Journal of Development Economics, Volume 105, November 2013, Pages 152-163.

Chinese networks and tariff evasion (with L. Rotunno), The World Economy (2012), Wiley Blackwell, vol. 35(12), pages 1772-1794, December.

Migrant Networks and Trade: The Vietnamese Boat People as a Natural Experiment (with Chris Parsons), Economic Journal (forthcoming)

Production fragmentation, upstreamness and value added (with Tadashi Ito) (slides), Journal of the Japanese and International Economies (2016)

The trade consequences of pricey oil (with David von Below), IMF Economic Review  (2016)

Professional Activities

External Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OxCarre) and at the Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) at Oxford University. Associate Editor, European Economic Review.

Referee for the Economic Journal, Economics Letters, Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Review of Industrial Organization, Review of International Organizations, Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, The World Economy.



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