Kara Reynolds

Associate Professor
Department of Economics

  • Prof. Reynolds joined the department in 2003 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia. Her research interests include the political economy of trade protection, particularly antidumping protection, and the impact of trade liberalization on workers and firms. Courses taught by Prof. Reynolds include Microeconomics (ECON-200, ECON-300, ECON-600, ECON-703) and International Economics: Trade (ECON-371, ECON-671).
  • Degrees

    PhD, Economics, University of Virginia
    MA, Economics, University of Virginia
    BA, International Studies, The American University

  • CAS - Economics
  • Kreeger - 124
  • Wednesdays 1:30-3:30
    Thursdays 10:00-12:00

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  • Spring 2015

  • Fall 2015

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Refereed Articles


“The Spread of Antidumping Regimes and the Role of Retaliation in Filings” (with Robert M. Feinberg), Southern Economic Journal, April 2006, 72(4): 877-890.


“The Returns from Rent-Seeking: Campaign Contributions, Firm Subsidies and the Byrd Amendment” (with Benjamin Liebman), Canadian Journal of Economics, November 2006, 39(4): 1345-1369.


“Subsidizing Rent-Seeking: Antidumping Protection and the Byrd Amendment”, Journal of International Economics, December 2006, 70: 490-502.


 “Dumping on Farmers: Are there Biases in Global Antidumping Regulations,” Journal of International Agricultural Trade and Development, 2007, 3(2): 135-154.


“Tariff Liberalization and Increased Administered Protection: Is there a Quid Pro Quo” (with Robert M. Feinberg), World Economy, June 2007, 30(6): 948-961.


“Anticipated versus Realized Benefits: Can Event Studies be used to Predict the Impact of New Regulations,” Eastern Economic Journal, Summer 2008, 34(3): 310-324.


“Friendly Fire? The Impact of U.S. Antidumping Enforcement on U.S. Exporters” (with Robert M. Feinberg), Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschafliches Archiv), April 2008, 144(2): 366-378.


“From Agreement to Application: A Cross-Country Analysis of Injury Determinations under the WTO Antidumping Agreement,” forthcoming in Review of International Economics, accepted April 2008, expected date of publication 2009.


“The Biggest Losers (and Winners) from U.S. Trade Liberalization,” The Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, September 2009, 18(3): 421-444.


“An Examination of Entry and Competitive Performance in Rural Banking Markets” (with Robert M. Feinberg), Southern Economic Journal, 2010, 76(3): 624-637.


“The Determinants of State Level Antitrust Enforcement,” (with Robert M. Feinberg), Review of Industrial Organization, 2010, 37(3): 179-196.
“Congressional Voting on Free Trade Agreements: Are Antitrust and Trade Liberalization Viewed as Substitutes,” (with Robert M. Feinberg and Thomas A. Husted), Review of International Economics, 2011, 19(3): 525-538.
“Does Trade Adjustment Assistance Make a Difference?”(with John S. Palatucci), Contemporary Economic Policy, 2012, 30(1): 43-59.
“Maintaining New Markets: Determinants of Antitrust Enforcement in Central and Eastern Europe,” (with Robert M. Feinberg and Mieke Meurs), Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2012, 12(2): 203-219.
“Innovation Through Protection: Does Safeguard Protection Increase Investment in Research and Development,” (with Benjamin Liebman), Southern Economic Journal, forthcoming.
“Determinants of Cross-Border Merger Premia” (with Ralph Sonenshine), Review of World Economics (Weltwirtschafliches Archiv), forthcoming.


Chapters in Edited Volumes


“Countervailing Duties,” in Kenneth A. Reinert and Ramkishen S. Rajan (eds.), The Princeton Encyclopedia of the World Economy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press 2008).


"Politics and WTO Dispute Settlement: Why Are So Many Disputes Still Pending?" in James Hartigan (ed.), Trade Disputes and the Dispute Settlement Understanding of the WTO (pp. 191-211) (Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing 2009). 



Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Dupont Fellowship (1999-2001)
  • Summer Academic Enhacement Research Fellowship (2001)
  • Bankard Pre-doctoral Public Policy Fellowship
  • Graduate School of Arts and Science Dissertation Year Fellowship (2002-2003)
  • Harry Johnson Prize for the Best Article in the Canadian Journal of Economics (For The Returns from Rent-Seeking: Campaign Contributions, Firm Subsidies, and the Byrd Amendment)


Work In Progress

Under the Cover of Antidumping: Does Administered Protection Facilitate Domestic Collusion

Trade Liberalization, Import Competition, and U.S. Manufacturing Investment (with Benjamin Liebman).
Innovation and Imports Revisted: Evidence from U.S. Patent Data (with Benjamin Liebman)
Political Economy of Antidumping Reviews: The Impact of Discretion at the International Trade Administration (with Sydney Gourlay)

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