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Department of Economics

GPED Director


Kamal Saggi
Ph. D. University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Kamal Saggi is Frances and John Downing Family Professor of Economics and Director of the Graduate Program in Economic Development at Vanderbilt University. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics and the Indian Growth and Development Review and serves on the Editorial Council of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Dr. Saggi has written extensively in the areas of international trade and investment, international technology transfer, and economic development. Two major themes underlying his current research are: (i) the inter-relationships between intellectual property protection, foreign direct investment, and international technology transfer and (ii) economics of the multilateral trading system.

His research has been published in leading economics journals such as the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, International Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of International Economics.

Dr. Saggi has given invited research presentations at academic and policy institutions through-out the world. In addition, he has been a visiting scholar at European University Institute, Hitotsubashi University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, McGill University, National University of Singapore, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of International Business and Economics, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization.

Dr. Saggi has extensive consulting experience in the areas of international trade and economic development. He has been a consultant for the Andean Development Corporation, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Finance Corporation, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, SciDev.Net, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the World Bank.

His working papers can be downloaded from here. A fairly complete list of his research papers is available on his Google Scholar page. Dr. Saggi’s curriculum vitae can be downloaded from here. If you would like to receive an electronic copy of any of his papers, please contact him.

To see a list of former GPED Directors, click here.


Contact Information:

Phone: (615) 322 2486

Fax: (615) 343 2391

Write to:
The Graduate Program in Economic Development
PMB 351828
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN