James Lake


Associate Professor



Office: Umphrey Lee 301Z
Phone: 214-768-3274
Email: jlake[@]smu.edu
Professional website: http://p2.smu.edu/jlake/
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Educational Background

Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, M.Phil (Economics) and Bachelor of Economics (Honors) and Bachelor of Accounting from Monash University (Australia)


Dr. James Lake has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics since Fall 2018, after joining as an Assistant Professor in 2012. His research focuses on international trade agreements. In particular, his research focuses on understanding 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.

Dr. Lake is a CESifo Research Affiliate and a member of the Steering Committee for the Midwest Economic Theory and International Trade Meetings held every Fall and Spring. He also received the 2017 Mangum Teaching Award. This highly sought-after award, endowed through a million dollar gift from distinguished alum Charles Mangum, is given annually to a non-tenured recipient in the Department of Economics who is extraordinary at student involvement.


International Trade, Game Theory, Applied Microeconometrics



International Trade (undergraduate and PhD)