James E. Rauch

Fellow: Awarded 2012

Field of Study: Economics

Competition: US & Canada

Website: http://weber.ucsd.edu/~jrauch/

James Rauch is an economist who has done research mainly in the areas of international trade, economic growth and development, and urban economics, and most recently in the area of entrepreneurship.  A common theme of much of his work is how non-market interactions affect market outcomes.  These non-market interactions may involve interpersonal or interfirm relationships, often addressed using networks as a conceptual framework. 

In addition to many articles in leading professional journals, Rauch is author of the textbook Leading Issues in Economic Development and the edited volumes Networks and Markets and The Missing Links:  Formation and Decay of Economic Networks.  He is especially known for his development of the widely used “Rauch classification” of internationally traded goods and for his research at the intersection of economics and sociology.

Currently Rauch is Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Fellow of the CESifo Research Network.  He was Co-Editor of the Journal of International Economics from 2001 to 2010 and is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics and the Review of Economics and Statistics.  In 2010 he presented the Nottingham Lectures in International Economics.  Prof. Rauch has been the principal investigator, alone and with various collaborators, on numerous National Science Foundation grants and served as a National Science Foundation Economics Review Panelist from 2006 to 2008.