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Kara Reynolds Professor and Department Chair, Economics Economics

Additional Positions at AU
Chair, Department of Economics
PhD, Economics, University of Virginia
MA, Economics, University of Virginia
BA, International Studies, The American University

Prof. Reynolds joined the department in 2003 after completing her PhD 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-803), International Economics: Trade (ECON-371, ECON-671), and Communicating Economics (ECON-440, ECON-640).
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Kara Reynolds Homepage
AU Department of Economics
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • “Casualties of Trade Wars,” (with Benjamin Liebman), European Economic Journal, 2022, 148: 104202.

  • “Article 21.5 DSU Appellate Body Report United States—Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft (Second Complaint): Spillovers from Defense R&D Add to the Tug-of-War Between Panels and the WTO Appellate Body” (with Jennifer Hillman), World Trade Review, 2021, 20(4): 466-478.

  • “China – Cellulose Pulp: China’s Quest to Satisfy WTO Panels and the Appellate Body,” (with T. Yanguas), World Trade Review, 2019, 18(2): 263-285.

  • “Competitive Pressure, Innovation and Outsourcing: Evidence from U.S. Patent Data,” (with Benjamin Liebman), World Economy, 2019, 42(6): 1695-1712.

  • “Russia—Tariff Treatment: Identifying Systematic Violations of WTO Law,” (with Boris Rigod), World Trade Review, 2018, 17(2): 291-312.

  • “How Do Countries Respond to Antidumping Filings? Dispute Settlement and Retaliatory Antidumping,” (with Robert Feinberg), World Economy, 2018, 41(5), 1251-1268

  • “Trade Agreements and Enforcement: Evidence from WTO Dispute Settlement,” (with Chad P. Bown), American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2017, 9(4): 64-100.

Work In Progress

  • “Multi-mode Trade Policy Retaliation,” (with Robert Feinberg, K. Aleks Schaefer and Kjersti Nes)

  • “Backlash Against Trade in an Unequal World”

  • “Costs of Trade Wars: The Distributional Consequences of US Section 301 Tariffs Against China”

  • “Demand for Protection: The Impact of Increased Populist Rhetoric on Trade Views”

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)