YUAN ZI profile

Yuan Zi

Assistant Professor, International Economics
FACULTY ASSOCIATE, Centre for Trade and Economic Integration
Spoken languages
Chinese, English
Areas of expertise
  • Globalization
  • Economic geography
  • Networks
  • Development
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • East Asia
  • Western and Central Europe


Ph.D., The Graduate Institute Geneva

Yuan Zi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute and a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). Previously, she was employed as an assistant professor of Economics at the University of Oslo, a senior researcher at University of Zurich, and a visiting scholar with the Department of Economics at MIT.  She is an applied economist and her research focuses on international trade, economic geography and production networks.



  • Cascading Trade Protection: Evidence from the US (with A. Erbahar), Journal of International Economics, 2017.
  • Trade Costs, Global Value Chains and Economic Development, Journal of Economic Geography, 2020.
  • A Cost-Benefit Analysis of R&D and Patents: Firm-level Evidence from China (with J. Zhang and Z. Chen), European Economic Review, 2021
Yuan Zi