Robert M. Stern

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Robert Stern

Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

School of Public Policy
440 Lorch Hall

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  • Affiliation(s)
    • Professor Emeritus, Ford School of Public Policy
  • Fields of Study
    • International Macroecon and Finance
      International Trade & Investment
  • About

    Robert M. Stern is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy in the Department of Economics and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 1958. He was a Fulbright scholar in the Netherlands in 1958-59, taught at Columbia University for two years, and joined the faculty at the University of Michigan in 1961. He has been an active contributor to international economic research and policy for more than four decades. He has published numerous papers, books, and edited volumes on a wide variety of topics, including international commodity problems, the determinants of comparative advantage, price behavior in international trade, balance-of-payments policies, the computer modeling of international trade and trade policies, trade and labor standards, services liberalization, U.S.-Japan international economic relations, and issues of multilateral and preferential trade liberalization. He has been a consultant to and done research under the auspices of many U.S. Government agencies and international organizations. He has collaborated with Alan Deardorff (University of Michigan) since the early 1970s and with Drusilla Brown (Tufts University) since the mid-1980s in developing the Michigan Model of World Production and Trade. This is a computer-based model that has been used to study a variety of important policy issues such as the effects of the GATT/WTO multilateral trade negotiations, changes in the structure of protection, trade and employment, changes in military expenditures, and the effects of preferential trading arrangements. He has also worked with Drusilla Brown and Kozo Kiyota (Keio University) on the computational modeling and analysis of preferential and multilateral trade negotiations. He has done further research relating to the scope of the WTO, labor standards and trade agreements, and concepts of fairness in the global trading system and the conduct of the Doha Round negotiations with Andrew Brown.

    Professor Stern’s recent papers can be accessed on the Research Seminar in International Economics website. He has taught international economics in the Ford School and Department of Economics. He is currently a visiting professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley

    Professor Robert Baldwin's remarks delivered on the occasion of Professor Stern's Festschrift Conference in November 1994.

    Professor John Whalley's review, in Review of International Economics August 2000, of Quiet Pioneering, the volume of papers in honor of Professor Stern edited by his students, Maskus, Hooper, Leamer, and Richardson.

    Official Bob Stern Fan Club

  • Education
    • BS University of California, Berkeley, 1948
    • MBA University of Chicago, 1952
    • PhD Columbia University, 1958