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Loren Brandt

Professor; Noranda Chair
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.
Email address:
Personal website: http://groups.chass.utoronto.ca/brandt/
Research fields: Economic development, Economic history, Chinese economy

Selected research

  • Loren Brandt and Thomas Rawski, Policy, Regulation and Innovation in China's Electricity and Telecom Industries, Cambridge University Press, New York, 2019.
  • 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 2021–2022

  • Fall

  • ECO435/1730H1F, section L0101 (St. George) • The Economics of Modern China • T2-5 • UC144
  • Winter

  • ECO102H1S, section L0101 (St. George) • Principles of Macroeconomics • MW10 • M OI G162, W MS2158
  • ECO102H1S, section L0201 (St. George) • Principles of Macroeconomics • MW11 • BT101
  • Fall/Winter

  • ECO4060Y1Y, section L0101 (St. George) • Graduate Research Seminar (Loren Brandt and Yao Luo) • M11-1, W2-4 • SS1085