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Richard A. Brecher

Professor Emeritus

Degrees:B.A. (McGill), M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 3765
Email:richard.brecher@carleton.ca
Office:B-852 Loeb

Research fields: international trade, economic growth

Expertise:
• trade theory with special emphasis on income distribution, foreign investment, labour migration, bilateral transfers, trade patterns, economic growth, employment, and unemployment
• growth theory in the presence of unemployment

Refereed Publications in the Last 6 Years:

“A Minimum-Wage Model of Unemployment and Growth: The Case of a Backward-Bending Demand Curve for Labor” (with Till Gross), International Journal of Economic Theory, Vol. 15, No. 3 (September 2019), pp. 297-309.

“Employment Gains from Minimum-Wage Hikes under Perfect Competition:  A Simple General-Equilibrium Analysis” (with Till Gross), Review of International Economics, Vol. 26, No. 1 (February 2018), pp. 165-170.

Most Significant Career Research Contributions:

“A Dynamic Model of Shirking and Unemployment: Private Saving, Public Debt, and Optimal Taxation” (with Zhiqi Chen and Ehsan U. Choudhri), Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Vol. 34, No. 8 (August 2010), pp. 1392–1402.

“The Generalized Theory of Transfers and Welfare: Bilateral Transfers in a Multilateral World” (with Jagdish N. Bhagwati and Tatsuo Hatta), American Economic Review, Vol. 73, No. 4 (September 1983), pp. 606–618; reprinted in Jagdish N. Bhagwati (editor), International Trade: Selected Readings (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press), second edition, 1987; also reprinted in Bharat Hazari and Yin-Wong Cheung (editors), International Trade: Critical Concepts in Economics (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge), Volume III, 2015.

“The Leontief Paradox, Continued” (with Ehsan U. Choudhri), Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 90, No. 4, August 1982, pp. 820-823.

“Foreign Ownership and the Theory of Trade and Welfare” (with Jagdish N. Bhagwati), Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 89, No. 3 (June 1981), pp. 497–511; reprinted in Jagdish N. Bhagwati, International Factor Mobility, Volume 2 of his Essays in International Economic Theory, edited by Robert C. Feenstra (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press), 1983; also reprinted in Jagdish Bhagwati, Pravin Krishna and Arvind Panagariya (editors), Trading Blocs: Alternative Approaches to Analyzing Preferential Trading Arrangements (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press), 1999; also reprinted in Bharat Hazari and Yin-Wong Cheung (editors), International Trade: Critical Concepts in Economics (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge), Volume II, 2015.

“Tariffs, Foreign Capital and Immiserizing Growth” (with Carlos F. Diaz Alejandro), Journal of International Economics, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 1977, pp. 317-322; reprinted in Jagdish N. Bhagwati (editor), International Trade: Selected Readings (Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press), 1981 and second edition, 1987; also reprinted in Andrés Velasco (editor), Trade, Development and the World Economy: Selected Essays of Carlos F. Diaz-Alejandro (Oxford, England: Basil Blackwell), 1988, pp. 43- 48.

“Minimum Wage Rates and the Pure Theory of International Trade,” Quarterly Journal of Economics, Vol. 88, No. 1 (February 1974), pp. 98–116; reprinted in Bharat Hazari and Yin-Wong Cheung (editors), International Trade: Critical Concepts in Economics (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge), Volume III, 2015.