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Ann Harrison

Professor of Management

Research Interests: international trade, foreign investment, and economic development

Links: CV

Contact Information

Address: 2016 SHDH, 3620 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 746-3132
Office Fax: (215) 898-0401


Ann E. Harrison is a Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She has also taught at the MBA, PhD, and undergraduate levels at various other universities, including Columbia Business School, the University of California, Berkeley, the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and the University of Paris.

Before joining the Wharton School, Professor Harrison spent two years in Washington D.C. as the Director of Development Policy at the World Bank. Prior to that, she served as the head of the research team at the World Bank on international trade and investment. Between 2001 and 2011, she was Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Professor Harrison received her PhD in Economics from Princeton University and graduated with highest distinction in Economics and History from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Harrison is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the International Growth Centre in London. She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Asian Economics and the World Bank Research Observer, and on various other advisory committees at the World Bank and elsewhere.

Her research is in the areas of emerging markets, multinational firms, international trade, productivity, and labor markets. Professor Harrison has published in the top journals in her areas of research. Her book, Globalization and Poverty, was published by the University of Chicago Press. She has lectured widely, including at most major US universities and in India, China, Latin America, Europe, the Philippines, and North Africa. Her latest research analyzes the anti-sweatshop movement, the impact of offshoring on wages and employment, the role of industrial policy in economic development, and the determinants of productivity growth in China and India.


  • Avraham Ebenstein, Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan, Shannon Phillips (2013), Why Are American Workers Getting Poorer? Estimating the Impact of Trade and Offshoring Using the CPS, National Bureau of Economic Research    Abstract
  • Ann Harrison, Justin Yifu Lin, L. Colin Xu (Working), Explaining Africa's (Dis)Advantage.    Abstract
  • Ann Harrison (2012), Industrial Policy and Development: The Political Economy of Capabilities Accumulation, Journal of Economic Literature, L.    Abstract
  • Ann Harrison, Leslie Martin, Shanti Nataraj (2012), Learning versus Stealing: How important are Market-Share Reallocations to India’s Productivity Growth?, The World Bank Economic Review, (forthcoming).    Abstract
  • Luosha Du, Ann Harrison, Gary Jefferson (Working), The Interplay of Trade, Taxes and FDI: their Impact on Productivity in China.    Abstract
  • Phillipe Aghion, Mathias Dewatripont, Luosha Du, Ann Harrison, Patrick Legros (Working), Industrial Policy and Competition.    Abstract
  • Mona Haddad, Ann Harrison, Catherine Hausman (2011), An Anatomy of the Great Trade Collapse, Managing Openness, (forthcoming).  
  • Jing Cai, Ann Harrison (Work In Progress), The Value-Added Tax Reform Puzzle.
  • Ann Harrison, Justin Yifu Lin, Jing Cai (Work In Progress), Patterns of Trade and Tax Interventions and Firm Performance in China.
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan (2011), Offshoring Jobs? Multinationals and U.S. Manufacturing Employment, The Review of Economics and Statistics    Abstract
  • Ann Harrison, John McLaren, Margaret McMillan (2011), Trade and Inequality, Annual Review of Economics  
  • Ann Harrison, Claudia Sepúlveda (2011), Learning from Developing Country Experience: Growth and Economic Thought Before and After the 2008-2009 Crisis, Comparative Economic Studies, Forthcoming.  
  • Luosha Du, Ann Harrison, Gary Jefferson (2011), Testing for Horizontal and Vertical Foreign Investment Spillovers in China, 1998-2007, Journal of Asian Economics  
  • Mona Haddad, Ann Harrison, Catherine Hausman (Working), Decomposing the Great Trade Collapse: Products, Prices, and Quantities in the 2008-2009 Crisis.  
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan, "Outlining a Research Agenda on the Links between Globalization and Poverty". In Equity and Growth in a Globalizing World, edited by Ravi Kanbur, Michael Spence, (2010).
  • Ann Harrison, Jason Scorse (2010), Multinationals and Anti-Sweatshop Activism, American Economics Review, 100(1): 247-73.  
  • Ann Harrison, Andrés Rodríguez-Clare (2010), Trade, Foreign Investment, and Industrial Policy for Developing Countries, Handbook of Development Economics, Vol 5: 4039-4214.  
  • Ann Harrison, Jason Scorse (2009), Do Foreign-Owned Firms Pay More? Evidence from the Indonesian Manufacturing Sector, Labour Markets and Development  
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan, Clair Null (2007), U.S. Multinational Activity Abroad and U.S. Jobs: Substitutes or Complements?, Industrial Relations, Vol. 45(2): 347-365.  
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan (2007), Outlining a Research Agenda on the Links between Globalization and Poverty, Journal of Economic Inequality, Vol. 5(1): 123-134.  
  • Emma Aisbett, Ann Harrison, Alix Peterson Zwane (2007), Globalization and Poverty: What is the Evidence,, Trade, Globalization, and Poverty  
  • Gordon Hanson, Ann Harrison (2007), Trade Liberalization and Wage Inequality in Mexico, The WTO and Poverty and Inequality  
  • Ann Harrison, Jason Scorse (2006), Improving the Condition of Workers? Minimum Wage Legislation and Anti-Sweatshop Activism, California Management Review, Vol. 48(2): 144-160.  
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan (2006), Dispelling Some Myths about Offshoring, Academy of Management Perspectives, Vol. 20(4): 6-22.  
  • Ann Harrison, Helena Tang (2005), Liberalization of Trade: Why so much Controversy?, Economic Growth in the 1990s: Learning from a Decade of Reform  
  • Ann Bartel, Ann Harrison (2005), Ownership versus Environment: Disentangling the Sources of Public Sector Inefficiency, Review of Economics and Statistics, 87(1): 135-147.  
  • Ann Harrison, Jason Scorse (2004), Globalization’s Impact on Compliance with Labor Standards, Brookings Trade Forum 2003  
  • Ann Harrison, Inessa Love, Margaret McMillan (2004), Global capital flows and financing constraints, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 75: 269-301.  
  • Ann Harrison, Margaret McMillan (2003), Does direct foreign investment affect domestic credit constraints?, Journal of International Economics, Vol. 61(1): 73-100.  
  • Gunnar Eskeland, Ann Harrison (2003), Moving to greener pastures? Multinationals and the pollution haven hypothesis, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 70(1): 1-23.  
  • Brian Aitken, Ann Harrison (1999), Do Domestic Firms Benefit from Direct Foreign Investment? Evidence from Venezuela, American Economic Review, 89(3): 605-618.  
  • Ann Harrison, Gordon Hanson (1999), Who gains from trade reform? Some remaining puzzles, Journal of Development Economics, 59: 125-154.  
  • Janet Currie, Ann Harrison (1997), Sharing the Costs: The Impact of Trade Reform on Capital and Labor in Morocco, Journal of Labor Economics, 15 (2).    Abstract
  • Ann Harrison (1994), Productivity, imperfect competition and trade reform, Journal of International Economics, 36, 53 - 73.    Abstract

Awards And Honors

  • World Bank Research Grants, 2010-2012
  • National Science Foundation Grants, 2009-2012
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2008
  • National Science Foundation Grants, 2004-2007
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2004-2006
  • Giannini Foundation Grants, 2001-2004
  • UC Berkeley Committee on Research Grants, 2001
  • Eugene Lang Junior Faculty Research Fellowship, 1999
  • Chazen Institute Research Grants, 1998
  • Chazen Institute Research Grants, 1995-1996
  • World Bank Research Grants, 1993-1995
  • Princeton University Teaching Award, 1987
  • Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 1987
  • Princeton University Fellowship, 1983-1988



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