Roger White


Professor Roger WhiteProfessor of Economics

On leave during 22-23 academic year

Douglas W. Ferguson Chair in International Economics

Academic History

Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
M.A. and B.A., San Francisco State University

Academic Focus

  • Culture Economics
  • Economic Globalization
  • International Migration
  • International Trade
  • Multidimensional Poverty


Roger's research largely focuses on topics relating to cross-societal cultural differences/distance, the immigrant-trade link, immigration policy/history, public opinion towards economic globalization, and the consequences of increased international trade for domestic labor. He has worked on additional topics related to international trade (e.g., determinants of exporting behavior and the distance puzzle) and development-related topics such as multidimensional poverty and microfinance. His primary objective is to contribute empirical studies that foster a greater understanding of economic phenomena (generally) and, specifically, of international interactions.

Roger is the author of more than forty published research articles and book chapters, and he is the author or editor of seven books.


2018. Immigration Policy and the Shaping of US Culture: Becoming America. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2017. Public Opinion on Economic Globalization - Considering Immigration, International Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2017. Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: Incidence and Determinants in Developed Countries (Editor). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2015. Cultural Differences and Economic Globalization: Effects on Trade, Foreign Direct Investment and Migration. Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

2014. Making Sense of Anti-Trade Sentiment: International Trade and the American Worker. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2011. International Migration and Economic Integration: Understanding the Immigrant-Trade Link, with Bedassa Tadesse. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

2010. Migration and International Trade: The US Experience since 1945. Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Peer-reviewed Articles and Chapters in Edited Volumes

2019. "Multidimensional Poverty Across the Life Cycle: The United States as an Empirical Example", with Thomas Bailleul, in Routledge International Handbook of Poverty, Bent Greve (ed.), Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge. (October).

2019. "Economic Integration Agreements, Immigrants, and Trade Costs", with Bedassa Tadesse, Review of World Economics 155(2): 353-406 (May).

2018. “A Closer Look at the Determinants of International Migration: Decomposing Cultural Distance”, with David Buehler, Applied Economics 50(33): 3575-3595 (April).

2017. "Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: An Introduction", in Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: Incidence and Determinants in Developed Countries, Roger White (ed.), New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2017. "Multidimensional Poverty among the Native- and Foreign-born in the United States: Evidence from the 2010-2014 American Community Surveys", with Stacy Yamasaki, in Measuring Multidimensional Poverty and Deprivation: Incidence and Determinants in Developed Countries, Roger White (ed.), New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

2017. "Does China's Trade Defy Cultural Barriers?", with Bedassa Tadesse and Huang Zhongwen, International Review of Applied Economics 31(3): 398-428 (March). 

2017. “Immigrants, Cultural Distance, and Trade Costs” with Bedassa Tadesse, International Migration 55(1): 51-74 (February).

2016. “Do Immigrants Affect the Profiles of US Exporters?” with Bedassa Tadesse, Applied Economics 48(19): 143-1758 (April).

2016. “A Culture Shaped by Immigrants: Examining the Consequences of U.S. Immigration Policy” with Shane Francis, in International Migration: Politics, Policies and Practices, Elizabeth J. Stephens (ed.), Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.

2015. “Production Efficiency and the Extensive Margins of US Exporters: An Industry-level Analysis”, with Bedassa Tadesse and Elias Shukralla, Open Economies Review 26, 5: 941-969 (November).

2015. “Comparing Advantages: US Trade with the Rest of the World, 1968-2008”, with David Buehler, Journal of Economic Integration 30, 3: 429-466 (September).

2015. “Do Immigrants Reduce Bilateral Trade Costs? An Empirical Test”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Applied Economics Letters 22, 14: 1127-1132 (July).

2015. “A Simple Solution to the Distance Puzzle: Balanced Data and Poisson Estimation”, with David Buehler, Applied Economics Letters 22, 7: 587-592 (February).

2014. “Source-Destination Cultural Differences, Immigrants’ Skill Levels, and Immigrant Stocks: Evidence from Six OECD Member Host Countries” with Nicole Yamasaki, National Institute Economic Review 229, 1: R53-R67 (August).   

2014. “A Factor Endowment Explanation for China’s Emergence as an International Trading Power: Calibrating the Dornbusch-Fischer-Samuelson Model for China’s Trade, 1968-2008”, in Current Issues in International Trade: Methodologies and Development Implications for the World Economy, Gouranga G. Das (ed.), Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY, pp. 127-150.

2013. “Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Proximity in Student Peer Evaluation”, Pennsylvania Economic Review 20, 2: 29-61 (Fall).

2013. “Do African Immigrants Enhance their Home Nations’ Trade with their Hosts?”, with Bedassa Tadesse, The Journal of Developing Areas 47, 2: 199-228 (Fall).

2013. “Is Cultural Distance a Determinant of International Migration Flows? Evidence from Denmark, Germany, and the Netherlands”, Economics Bulletin 33, 3: 2156-2168 (August).

2013. “Asset Ownership and the Probability of Repayment: An Examination of Microcredit Data from Bangladesh”, with Shamma Adeeb Alam, Development Policy Review 31, 3: 343-368 (May).

2012. “Do Immigrants Enhance International Trade in Services? The Case of US Tourism Services Exports”, with Bedassa Tadesse, International Journal of Tourism Research 14, 6: 567-585 (November/December).

2012. “US Manufacturing and Vertical/Horizontal Intra-Industry Trade: Examining the Smooth Adjustment Hypothesis”, with Cheng Chen, ­International Journal of Economics & Business Research 4, 1-2: 1-20 (February).

2011. “Emigrant Effects on Bilateral Trade: Reexamining the Immigrant-Trade Link from the Home Country Perspective”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Eastern Economic Journal 37, 2: 281-302 (March).

2010. “The Effects of Refugee and Non-Refugee Immigrants on US Trade with their Home Countries”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Journal of International Trade & Economic Development 19, 2: 289-317 (June).

2010. “Long-Run Wage and Earnings Losses of Displaced Workers”, Applied Economics 42, 14: 1845-1856 (May).

2010. “Does Cultural Distance Hinder Trade in Goods? A Comparative Study of Nine OECD Member Nations”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Open Economies Review 21, 2: 237-261 (April).

2010. “Cultural Diversity, Immigration and International Trade: An Empirical Examination of the Relationship in Nine OECD Countries”, with Bedassa Tadesse, in Cultural Diversity: Issues, Challenges and Perspectives, Lydia B. Kerwin (ed.), Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY, pp. 55-88. Reprinted: 2011. Encyclopedia of Sociology Research, Miranda O. Parker and Alexander D. Petrov (eds.), pp. 775-808.

2010. “Cultural Distance as a Determinant of Bilateral Trade Flows: Do Immigrants Counter the Effect of Cultural Distance?”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Applied Economics Letters 17, 2: 147-152 (February).

2010. “Cultural Diversity, Immigration and Trade: A Study of Nine OECD Host Countries”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Journal of Current Issues in Finance, Business and Economics 3, 1: 75-102 (January). Reprinted: 2011. Consumer Issues in Global Economics, Finance and Business, Bradley D. O’Donell (ed.), pp. 75-102.  

2009. “Displacement-Related Earnings Losses: Evaluating Trade Adjustment Assistance and Wage Insurance”, Labor Studies Journal 34, 2: 219-234 (June).

2009. “Immigration, Trade and Home Country Development: State-Level Variation in the US Immigrant-Export Link”, Journal of International Migration and Integration/Revue de l'integration et de la migration internationale 10, 2: 121-143 (May).

2009. “Political Affiliation and Perceptions of Trade: Examining Survey Data from the State of Georgia,” with Richard Clark, Contemporary Economic Policy 27, 2: 176-192 (April).

2009. “East-West Migration and the Immigrant-Trade Link: Evidence from Italy”, with Bedassa Tadesse, The Romanian Journal of European Studies 5-6/2007: 67-84 (April).

2009. “Immigration, Trade and Product Differentiation”, Economic Issues 14, 1: 43-63 (March).

2008. “Immigrants, Cultural Distance and US State-Level Exports of Cultural Products”, with Bedassa Tadesse, North American Journal of Economics and Finance 19, 3: 331-348 (December).  

2008. “State and Regional Variation in the Effects of Trade on Job Displacement in the US Manufacturing Sector, 1982-1999”, Journal of Labor Research 29, 4: 347-364 (December).

2008. “Do Immigrants Counter the Effect of Cultural Distance on Trade? Evidence from US State-level Exports”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly the Journal of Socio-Economics) 37, 6: 2304-2318 (December).

2008. “Cultural Distance and the US Immigrant-Trade Link”, with Bedassa Tadesse, The World Economy 31, 8: 1078-1096 (August).

2008. “Import Source Reallocation and US Manufacturing Employment, 1972-2001”, Open Economies Review 19, 3: 403-410 (July). 

2008. “Exploring a US Immigrant – Intra-Industry Trade Link”, Eastern Economic Journal 34, 2: 252-262 (Spring).

2007. “An Examination of the Danish Immigrant-Trade Link”, International Migration 45, 5: 61-86 (December).

2007. “Immigration Policy, Cultural Pluralism and Trade: Evidence from the White Australia Policy”, with Bedassa Tadesse, Pacific Economic Review 12, 4: 489-509 (October).

2007. “Immigrant-Trade Links, Transplanted Home Bias and Network Effects”, Applied Economics 39, 7: 839-852 (April).

2007. “Import Competition and Job Displacement: Evidence from US Manufacturing, 1981-1999”, The International Trade Journal 21, 1: 1-23 (Winter).

2007. “What Can Industry Trade Orientation Tell Us About Trade-Related Employment Dynamics?”, Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences 1, 1 (January).

2006. “Import Competition and the Probability of Job Displacement in US Manufacturing, 1983-1999”, International Journal of Applied Economics 3, 2: 40-60 (September).