Eric Verhoogen is a Professor of Economics and of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His primary research area is industrial development – empirical microeconomic work on firms in developing countries. A common theme is the process of quality upgrading by manufacturing firms, both its causes and its consequences. His work has been published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, and other journals. He is currently serving as a Research Program Director of the International Growth Centre and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard, a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.
Prof. Verhoogen is the co-director of the Center for Development Economics and Policy and is head of the Firms and Innovation Initiative. His current CDEP-affiliated research includes a project on technology spillovers among manufacturing firms in Pakistan, a project on wage premiums paid by Mexican manufacturing firms, and a project on payroll-tax compliance among formal firms in Mexico.