Department of Economics


James Lake

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Umphrey Lee 301Z

James Lake has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at since 2012. After receiving undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Monash University in Australia, he received his  PhD in economics from Johns Hopkins University in 2012. Dr. Lake’s research focuses on international trade agreements. In particular, his research focuses on using network theory to understand why countries form international trade agreements and how the recent proliferation of such agreements interacts with multilateral negotiations via the WTO in affecting the possibility of global free trade. His research also investigates the distributional effects that trade agreements have among different segments of a country’s population and how the ensuing political economy ramifications affect trade policy.

Research Interests

International Trade, Networks, Game Theory, Applied Microeconometrics

Courses Taught

International Trade

Selected Publications

  • James Lake, 2013. "Free Trade Agreements as dynamic farsighted networks," Departmental Working Papers 1304, Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics.
  • James Lake, 2013. "Dynamic endogenous formation of trade agreements: flexibility versus coordination," Departmental Working Papers 1303, Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics.

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