Professor of International Economics in the Brandeis International Business School


Ph.D., Cornell University

Field of Specialty

International Economics, Economic Development, Econometrics

Contact Information

Sachar International Center 130-E

Judith M. Dean

Judy’s research focuses on international trade and economic development. Much of her work examines the relationship between trade and the environment. In a series of empirical studies using Chinese data, she has been exploring the possibility that trade growth, foreign investment and production fragmentation may have beneficial effects on the environment. In other work, she studies global value chain trade, non-tariff barriers. and trade preferences for developing countries. Her new work on India explores the impact of trade liberalization on Indian poverty. Judy came to Brandeis from the US International Trade Commission (USITC) where she was a Senior International Economist in the Research Division of the Office of Economics. Prior to joining the USITC, Judy was Associate Professor of Economics at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University (1990-2000) and Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College (1983-1990). She has been a consultant to the World Bank and the OECD, and a Visiting Scholar at the Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India. She has also helped facilitate research collaboration for the USITC with Tsinghua University and the India Development Foundation. In 2012-13 Judy was named one of six Visiting Scholars in the Clayton Yeutter International Trade Program, University of Nebraska. Judy is a former member of the Board of Directors of World Relief, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Gordon College.


Dean, Judith M.. "Freer trade and sustainable development." Paths for Sustainable Development. Ed. R. Lensink, S. Sjogren, and C. Wihlborg. Gothenburg: LS&W, 2017

Dean, Judith M.. "“Trade Liberalization in India: How Firm-Level Actions Affect State-Level Poverty”." (manuscript, with M. Anderson and S. Smith), 2017.

Dean, Judith M.. "Trade Liberalization and Poverty in India: A Review of the Evidence." manuscript, 2016.

Dean, Judith M./Lovely, Mary E.. "Do Offshoring and Foreign Investment Influence Industrial Pollution Intensities in China?." manuscript, 2015.

Dean, Judith M.. "A Review of Why Nations Fail, by D. Acemoglu and J. Robinson." Global Journal of Economics vol. 2 2013

Dean, Judith M.. "Testing the Impact of India's Services Trade Liberalization on Poverty." Concept paper, India Research, Office of Economics, USITC, 2013.

Dean, Judith M.. "Trade, Environment and Poverty: must there be a tradeoff?." Clayton Yeutter International Trade Program. University of Nebraska. Plenary Lecture, 2013.

Dean, Judith M.. "Why measuring value-added trade matters for developing countries." Trade in Value-Added: Developing New Measures of Cross-Border Trade. Ed. A. Mattoo, Z. Wang, and S. Wei. Washington, DC: World Bank and CEPR, 2013

Dean, Judith M.. "Measuring Value-Added Trade." Expert Testimony, US-China Economic and Security Review Commission. Washington, DC

Dean, Judith M.. "Measuring Value-Added Trade: what’s in it for developing countries?." World Trade Organization, Made in the World Initiative March 22. (2012)

Dean, Judith M.. "Testimony on The Evolving U.S.-China Trade and Investment Relationship." The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission Hearing (2012): <http://www.uscc.gov/sites/default/files/6.14.12Dean.pdf>.

Dean, Judith M.. "The Impact of Services Trade Liberalization on Indian Poverty." Workshop on International Trade and Development. India Development Foundation, Gurgaon, India

Dean, Judith M.. "Development of Global Supply Chains." The Economic Effects of Significant U.S.Import Restraints. Ed. USITC. Washington, DC: USITC, 2011

Judith M. Dean, K. C. Fung and Zhi Wang. "Measuring Vertical Specialization: The Case of China." Review of International Economics 19. 4 (2011): 609-625.

Judith M. Dean and Mary E. Lovely. "Trade Growth, Production Fragmentation, and China’s Environment." China's Growing Role in World Trade. Ed. R. Feenstra and S. Wei. Chicago: NBER and University of Chicago Press, 2010

Judith M. Dean and John Wainio. "Quantifying the Value of US Tariff Preferences." Trade Preference Erosion: Measurement and Response. Ed. B. Hoekman, W. Martin and C. Braga. New York: World Bank and Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009

Judith M. Dean, Mary E. Lovely, and Hua Wang. "Are Foreign Investors Attracted to Weak Environmental Regulations?: Evaluating the Evidence from China." Journal of Development Economics 90. (2009): 1-13.

Judith M. Dean, Mary E. Lovely, and Jesse Mora. "Decomposing China–Japan–U.S. Trade: Vertical Specialization, Ownership, and Organizational Form." Journal of Asian Economics 20. (2009): 596-610.

Judith M. Dean, Robert Feinberg, Jose Signoret, Rodney Ludema and Michael Ferrantino. "Estimating the Price Effects of Non-Tariff Barriers." The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Contributions 9. 1 (2009).

Judith M. Dean. "Trade, Poverty and the Environment: Must There Be a Tradeoff?." Economic Justice. Ed. S. Rundle. Atlanta: Authentic Media, 2009

Dean, Judith M.. "Trade Growth, Global Production, and Environmental Degradation." VOX May 14. (2008)

Judith M. Dean. "Is Trade Preference Erosion Bad for Development?." USITC Working Papers 2006-11-A.

Courses Taught

ECON 260a International Trade Policy and Institutions
ECON 261a Empirical Analysis of Trade Policy
ECON 270a Economic Development Strategies
ECON 280a Challenges in the Global Economy
ECON 281f Challenges in the Global Economy: International Trade and Development
ECON 360a International Trade Theory