Updated January 2007
David Richardson was born in Canada, raised in the
United States, and educated at McGill
University (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.).
Since Fall 1991 he has been
Professor of Economics (and International Relations, from Fall
1997) at Syracuse
Economics is a department in the Maxwell School of Citizenship
and Public Affairs. From 1999-2006 he
held a Gerald B. and Daphna Cramer Professorship of Global
Affairs. He is
active in a number of multi-disciplinary activities at Maxwell
and its Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs.
is also one of the six faculty of
Degree Program in Social Sciences.
From 1970 to 1991 he was on
the Economics faculty of the University
of Wisconsin, Madison.
He has also taught on a visiting basis at
the University of Michigan, the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S.
Department of State, and in the Pew-Foundation-sponsored Faculty
Summer Seminars in Christian Scholarship (at
College) and Younger
Scholars Program (at the University of Notre Dame).
He is a Research Associate of
the National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge,
Massachusetts and Senior Fellow Emeritus at the Peterson
Institute for International Economics, Washington, D.C. He has
been a Visiting Scholar at the Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System and a consultant to the Organization for Economic
Cooperation and Development, the Economic Council of Canada, the
U.S. Export-Import Bank, the Ford and Pew Foundations, and
Educational Testing Service.
He writes extensively on
international trade policy and its effects.
He specializes in empirical research on trade under
imperfect competition, on regional trade, and on trade and
labor-market outcomes, with a focus on the
He has authored two books, co-edited nine books, and
written numerous other monographs, book chapters, and papers for
During the early 1980s he
co-directed the National Bureau of Economic Research team that
trade policy while attempting to maintain regular communication
with business, labor, and policy communities over research
priorities and results.
This project was experimentally funded by the National
More recently, his policy research has focused on globalization
and on competition policies.
The first involves estimating the effects of
U.S. export disincentives, of
import dependence, and of trends in investment and outsourcing.
The second involves assessments of cross-country
differences in competition policies and opportunities for their
These projects have been funded by several grants to the
Peterson Institute for International Economics.
During the mid-1980s he
directed the American Economic Association's Summer Minority
He is married, with two daughters.
His wife Karen is employed as a full-time caregiver.
His daughter Kristin oversees the management of a number
of retail outlets of Coach (leather accessories) near
Boston, and is a graduate of the
Madison (Retail Management).
His daughter Laura (Conners) is a 5th grade
public school teacher in North Syracuse, a free-lance equitation
instructor, a graduate of Syracuse University (B.A. in
Psychology) and Le Moyne College (M.Ed. in elementary
son-in-law Kevin Conners is a New York State Trooper.
He is an active Christian
believer, and enjoys camping, riding (bikes and horses), and
singing (tenor) in his leisure time.
For five years at North
Church, he and Karen coordinated the
Precious Lambs, a Sunday class of persons with diverse abilities