Paola Conconi

Paola Conconi is a Professor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, a member of the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics (ECARES) and Research Associate of the Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS). She is also a Research Fellow of the CEPR International Trade and Regional Economics Program, the Director of the CEPR Research Network on Global Value Chains, Trade and Development, and a CESifo Research Fellow. She has published in several leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Political Economy. Her main research interests are in international trade, firm organization, and political economy.

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