Research Conversation with Economics PhD Candidate Ishan Ghosh

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How does globalization affect firm productivity?

My research explores firms’ response to the threat of import competition. With the globalization of trade, specifically with China joining the World Trade Organization, entrepreneurship and innovation in the US is declining. My research is looking to better understand the channels through which globalization improves firm performance and alters their incentives to innovate. For example, the semi-conductor industry relocated a major part of its production process abroad due to to cheaper prices. At the same time, the industry invested significantly in research and development to upgrade its product lines. Thus, I wish to understand how offshoring and innovation complement one another as firm strategies. A better grasp of firms’ responses has implications for US policy responses import competition.

Status

PhD Candidate

Specialization

Economics

Area of Research

Globalization and firm productivity

Hometown

Kolkata, India

Fast Fact

My favorite pastime is biking around Philadelphia. I also play guitar and drums.

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