Joel Rodrigue is a Senior Research Officer at the Bank of Canada and an Associate Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University. His research focuses on the intersection of international trade and firm dynamics.  He received his PhD from Queen's University and presently serves as an Associate Editor at Economic Inquiry.

In recent projects Professor Rodrigue has studied the impact of trade on firm-level productivity and environmental efficiency, investigated the nature of firm-level entry and growth in international markets, and has characterized the role of trade barriers on the allocation of resources across firms. His research has been published in leading academic journals a such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, The International Economic Review, The Review of Economic Dynamics, The Canadian Journal of Economics, The Journal of International Economics, The Journal of Development Economics, and The Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, among others. He has led graduate and undergraduate courses at Vanderbilt University, Queen’s University, The University of Calgary, The University of Tokyo, Kobe University, and Nanjing University and has presented over numerous research seminars at institutions in North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2018 he received the Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Vanderbilt University and the Harry Johnson Prize for the best paper published in the Canadian Journal of Economics.

Staff working papers

Regulation, Emissions and Productivity: Evidence from China’s Eleventh Five-Year Plan

Staff Working Paper 2024-7 Brantly Callaway, Tong Li, Joel Rodrigue, Yuya Sasaki, Yong Tan
We study the degree to which China’s 11th Five-Year Plan softens trade-offs between emissions and output. Our model suggests efficient regulation could have further increased aggregate productivity by 3.5% and output by 4.7% without any increase in aggregate emissions.
Content Type(s): Staff research, Staff working papers Topic(s): Climate change, Productivity JEL Code(s): C, C2, C21, D, D2, D24, Q, Q5, Q53

Exporting and Investment Under Credit Constraints

Staff Working Paper 2023-10 Kim Huynh, Robert Petrunia, Joel Rodrigue, Walter Steingress
We examine the relationship between firms’ performance and credit constraints affecting export market entry. Using administrative Canadian firm-level data, our findings show that new exporters (a) increase their productivity, (b) raise their leverage ratio and (c) increase investment. We estimate that 48 percent of Canadian manufacturers face binding credit constraints when deciding whether to enter export markets.

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