Assistant Professor of Economics in the Brandeis International Business School


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Field of Specialty

International Trade, Economic Development, Productivity Analysis, Latin America

Contact Information

Sachar International Center 123

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Ricardo A. Lopez

Ricardo A. López specializes in international trade, economic development, productivity analysis and Latin America. His research focuses on firms’ behavior in international markets and the role of international trade as a source of economic growth. His research has been published in leading economics journals and presented in numerous conferences and seminars. Before joining IBS, he was a faculty member at the economics department of Indiana University, Bloomington for seven years. Previously, he had served as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Economy of Chile for four years. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Chile and a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Lopez, Ricardo A. and Kathleen McQuenney. "Does Foreign Trade Facilitation Improve Firms’ Export Performance? A Microeconomic Analysis of Manufacturing Plants." Encyclopedia of International Economics and Global Trade. Ed. Francisco Rivera Batiz. World Scientific Publishers, 2017 (forthcoming)

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Huong Nguyen. "Real Exchange Rate Volatility and Imports of Intermediate Inputs: A Microeconometric Analysis of Chilean Manufacturing Plants." Review of International Economics 23. 5 (2015): 972-995.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Foreign Technology Acquisition and Changes in the Real Exchange Rate." The World Economy 38. 4 (2015): 613-628.

Lopez, Ricardo A., Julian Emami Namini, Giovanni Facchini. "A Model of Firm Heterogeneity in Factor Intensities and International Trade." Canadian Journal of Economics 28. 3 (2015).

Lopez, Ricardo A., Morrissey, Oliver and Sharma, Kishor. Handbook on Trade and Development. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 2015.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Access to Banking Finance and Exporting." Industrial and Corporate Change 23. 6 (2014): 1523-1539.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Julian Emami Namini. "Factor Price Overshooting with Trade Liberalization: Theory and Evidence." Scottish Journal of Political Economy 60. 2 (2013): 139–181.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Financial Development and Exporting in Chilean Plants." Review of World Economics 149. 1 (2013): 183-207.

Lopez, Ricardo A., Julian Emami Namini and Giovanni Facchini. "Export Growth and Firm Survival." Economics Letters 120. 3 (2013): 481-486.

Lopez, Ricardo A., Roberto Alvarez and Hasan Faruq. "Is Previous Export Experience Important for New Exports?." Journal of Development Studies 49. 3 (2013): 426–441.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Trade Liberalization and Industry Dynamics." Open Economies Review 23. 4 (2012): 579-595.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Niru Yadav. "Imports of Intermediate Inputs and Spillover Effects: Evidence from Chilean Plants." Journal of Development Studies 46. 8 (2010): 1385-1403.

Lopez, Ricardo A. "Do Firms Increase Productivity in Order to Become Exporters?." Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 71. 5 (2009): 621-642.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Jens Suedekum. "Vertical Industry Relations, Spillovers and Productivity: Evidence from Chilean Plants." Journal of Regional Science 49. 4 (2009): 721-747.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Is Exporting a Source of Productivity Spillovers?." Review of World Economics/Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv 144. 4 (2009): 723-749.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Skill Upgrading and the Real Exchange Rate." The World Economy 32. 8 (2009): 1165-1179.

The International Study Group on Exports and Productivity. "Understanding Cross-Country Differences in Exporter Premia – Comparable Evidence for 14 Countries." Review of World Economics / Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv 144. 4 (2009): 596-635.

Lopez, Ricardo A. "Foreign Technology Licensing, Productivity, and Spillovers." World Development 36. 4 (2008): 560-574.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Entry and Exit in International Markets: Evidence from Chilean Data." Review of International Economics 16. 4 (2008): 692-708.

Lopez, Ricardo A.. "Foreign Technology Acquisition, Spillovers, and Sunk Costs: Evidence from Plant-Level Data." Economics Bulletin 15. 11 (2008): 1-7

Lopez, Ricardo A. "Imports of Intermediate Inputs and Plant Survival." Economics Letters 92. 1 (2006): 58-62.

Lopez, Ricardo A. "Trade and Growth: Reconciling the Macroeconomic and Microeconomic Evidence." Journal of Economic Surveys 19. 4 (2005): 623-648.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Exporting and Performance: Evidence from Chilean Plants." Canadian Journal of Economics 38. 4 (2005): 1384-1400.

Lopez, Ricardo A. and Roberto Alvarez. "Export Orientation and Productivity in the Chilean Manufacturing Industry." Latin American Journal of Economics 41. 124 (2004): 315-343.

Courses Taught

BUS 70a Business in the Global Economy
ECON 160a International Trade Theory
ECON 260a International Trade Policy and Institutions
ECON 270a Economic Development Strategies
ECON 360a International Trade Theory