Yale appoints trade economist Khandelwal to dual professor role

Yale University has appointed Amit Khandelwal as a professor of global affairs and a professor of economics.

He joined the institution on July 1 from Columbia University, and is a faculty member of both the Jackson School of Global Affairs and Yale’s department of economics.

At Columbia, Khandelwal was chair of the economics division at Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, and also held the Chazen Professor of Global Business chaired professorship.

Khandelwal’s research focuses on the role of international trade in the economics development process. His most cited body of work has causally linked India’s trade liberalization to improvement in its firms’ productivity. More recently, he has analyzed the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on the U.S. economy.

He has held several academic editorial positions, including as co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. He holds affiliations at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the International Growth Center, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, and Adbul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

The appointment follows a slew of new hires and promotions within Yale’s School of Management last month, including that of economists Zachary Bleemer and Michael Sinkinson.

Bleemer joined that department as an assistant professor of economics after completing a post-doc year at Harvard, while Sinkinson was promoted to associate professor of economics.