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Loren Brandt

Professor; Noranda Chair (on leave)
Ph.D. (Illinois, 1983), M.A. (Illinois, 1979), B.S. (Wesleyan, 1977)
Office: Max Gluskin House, 150 St. George Street, 303. Phone: 416-978-4442. Fax: 416-978-6713.
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Personal website: http://brandt.economics.utoronto.ca
Research fields: Economic development, Economic history, Chinese economy

Selected research

  • Tasso Adamopoulos, Loren Brandt, Jessica Leight, Diego Restuccia, "Misallocation, Selection and Productivity: A Quantitative Analysis with Panel Data from China", Econometrica 90 (3) (2022), 1261–1282. (Freely available.)
  • Loren Brandt, Johannes Van Biesebroeck, Luhang Wang, Yifan Zhang, "WTO Accession and Performance of Chinese Manufacturing Firms", American Economic Review 107 (9) (2017), 2784–2820.
  • Loren Brandt, Debin Ma , Thomas Rawski, "From Divergence to Convergence: Re-evaluating the History Behind China's Economic Boom", Journal of Economic Literature 521 (1) (2014), 42–123.
  • Loren Brandt, Johannes Van Biesebroeck, Yifan Zhang, "Creative Accounting or Creative Destruction: Firm Level Productivity Growth in Chinese Manufacturing", Journal of Development Economics 97 (2) (2012), 339–351.
  • Loren Brandt and Xiaodong Zhu, "Redistribution in a Decentralized Economy: Growth and Inflation in Reform China", Journal of Political Economy 108 (2000), 422–439.
All publications

Honors and awards

  • Visiting Professor, University of Oslo, 2017.
  • Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), 2008.
  • National Fellow, Hoover Institute, Stanford University, 1986.

Courses taught 2022–2023

  • Fall

  • ECO435/1730H1F, section L0101 (St. George) • The Economics of Modern China • T11-2 • LA 248