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David Hummels

David Hummels

Dean and Professor of Economics


Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan
B.A. summa cum laude, Political Science and Economics


David Hummels began serving as the Dean of the Krannert School of Management in 2015.  

In his faculty life, Professor Hummels teaches courses in International Economics, and has won multiple teaching awards at the graduate and undergraduate level. His research focuses on a broad range of issues in international trade, including:  offshoring, product differentiation, barriers to trade and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure, and trade facilitation on trade and economic development.  He has published 4 books and over 40 research articles in major economic journals including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. 

Professor Hummels is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics, and an Associate Director of the Forum for Research on Empirical International Trade. He has worked as a consultant for and visiting scholar at a wide variety of central banks, development banks and policy institutes around the world. He previously served on the faculty of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.


Journal Articles

  • Hummels, D., Munch, J, & Xiang, C. (2018). Offshoring and Labor Markets. Journal of Economic Literature, vol. forthcoming
  • Hummels, D., Jorgensen, R, Munch, J, & Xiang, C (2014). The Wage Effects of Offshoring: Evidence from Danish Matched Worker-Firm Data. American Economic Review, vol. 104 (6), 1597-1629.
  • Hummels, D. and Schaur, G. (2013). Time as a Trade Barrier. American Economic Review, vol. 103 2935-59.
  • Cristea, A., Hummels, D., Puzzello, L., and Avetisyan, M. (2013). Trade and the Greenhouse Gas Emissions from International Freight Transport. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, vol. 65 153-173.
  • Hummels, D, Munch, J, & Xiang, C (2013). Education and Labor Market Policies in an Offshoring Global Economy. Nordic Economic Policy Review, 75-98.
  • Hummels, D., Munch,J., Skipper,L., Xiang C. (2012). Offshoring, Transition and Training: Evidence from Danish Matched Worker Firm Data. American Economic Review P&P, vol. 102 424-428.
  • Hummels, David and Schaur, Georg (2010). Hedging Price Volatility Using Fast Transport. Journal of International Economics, vol. 82 15-25.
  • Choi, Yo Chul, Hummels, David and Xiang, Chong (2009). Explaining Import Quality: The Role of the Income Distribution. Journal of International Economics, vol. 77 265-275.
  • Hummels, D & Lugovskyy, V. (2009). International Pricing in a Generalized Model of Ideal Variety. Journal of Money Credit and Banking, vol. 41 (777), 3-33.
  • Hummels, David, Lugovskyy,Volodymyr and Skiba, Alexandre (2009). The Trade Reducing Effects of Market Power in International Shipping. Journal of Development Economics, vol. 89 84-97.
  • Hillberry, R. & Hummels, D. (2008). Trade Responses to Geographic Frictions: A Decomposition Using MicroData. European Economic Review, (52), 557-550.
  • Hummels, David (2007). International Transportation Costs and Trade In the Second Era of Globalization. Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol. 21 131-154.
  • Hertel T, Hummels D, Ivanic M, et al. (2007). How Confident Can We be of CGE-Based Assessments of Free Trade Agreements?. Economic Modelling, vol. 4 (24), 611-635.
  • Hummels, D., & Lugovskyy, V (2006). Are Matched Partner Trade Statistics Usable Measures of Transportation Costs?. Review of International Economics, vol. 14 (1),
  • Hummels, D., & Klenow, P. (2005). The Variety and Quality of a Nation's Exports. American Economic Review, vol. 95 (3), 704-723.
  • Hummels, D., & Skiba, A. (2004). Shipping the Good Apples Out? An Empirical Confirmation of the Alchian-Allen Conjecture. Journal of Political Economy, vol. 112 (6), 1384-1402.
  • Haveman, J., & Hummels, D. (2004). Alternative Hypotheses and the Volume of Trade: The Gravity Equation and the Extent of Specialization. Canadian Journal of Economics, vol. 37 (1), 199-218.
  • Hummels, D. (2004). Review of Free Trade Under Fire (by Douglas Irwin). Journal of Economic Literature, 521-522.
  • Hillberry, R., & Hummels, D. (2002). Intra-National Home Bias: Some Explanations. Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 85 (4), 1089-1092.
  • Hummels, D. (2002). Review of Fragmentation: New Production Patterns in the World Economy (by Arndt and Kierzkowski). Journal of Economic Georgraphy, Vol 2, 368-369.
  • Hummels, D. (2002). Review of Globalization and the Theory of Input Trade (by Ron Jones). Journal of International Economics, Vol 57, 491-493.
  • Hummels, D., Ishii, J., & Yi, K. (2001). The Nature and Growth of Vertical Specialization in World Trade. Journal of International Economics, vol. 54 (1), 75-96.
  • Hummels, D., Rapaport, D., & Yi, K. (1998). Vertical Specialization and the Changing Nature of World Trade. Economic Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 79-99.
  • Hummels, D., & Haveman, J. (1998). Trade Creation and Trade Diversion: New Empirical Results. Journal of Transnational Management Development, vol. 3 57-72.
  • Hummels, D., & Levinsohn, J. (1995). Monopolistic Competition and International Trade: Reconsidering the Evidence. Quarterly Journal of Economics, Worth, N. Y.. vol. 110 (3), 799-836.
  • Hummels, D., & Stern, R. (1994). Evolving Patterns of North American Merchandise Trade and Foreign Direct Investment 1960-1990. World Economy, vol. 17 29-May.
  • Hummels, D., & Levinsohn, J. (1993). Product Differentiation as a Source of Comparative Advantage. American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, vol. 83 445-449.
  • Hummels, D., & Brown-Kruse, J. (1993). Gender Effects in Laboratory Public Goods Contribution: Do Individuals Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is?. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 22 255-267.
  • Killer Jobs

    It may seem obvious to those who suffer the most, but a working paper issued by the National Bureau of Economic Research by Krannert economics professors Chong Xiang and David Hummels provides confirmation: Employees under prolonged workplace pressures face serious consequences to their health.

    Full story: Killer Jobs

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Area(s) of Expertise

Offshoring, labor markets of the future, product differentiation, barriers to trade and the broader impacts of aviation, infrastructure, and trade facilitation on trade and economic development.