Gordon Hanson holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in international economic relations at UC San Diego, where he holds faculty positions in the School of Global Policy and Strategy and the Department of Economics and is the director of the Center on Global Transformation. Hanson is presently a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and co-editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is a past co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of Development Economics.
Hanson received his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992 and his B.A. in economics from Occidental College in 1986. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 2001, he served on the economics faculties of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas. In his scholarship, Hanson specializes in international trade, international migration, and economic geography. He has published extensively in the top academic journals of the economics discipline, is widely cited for his research by scholars from across the social sciences, and is frequently quoted in major media outlets. Hanson’s current research addresses how expanded trade with China has affected the U.S. labor market and how U.S. regional economies adjust to immigration. Through the Big Pixel Initiative at UC San Diego, he is developing new methodologies for using satellite imagery to assess the local economic consequences of expanding transportation networks and exposure to extreme weather events and to model urbanization at a global scale.
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