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Personal Statement

I am an international trade theorist, with a particular interest in trade policy and international factor movements. I have written on the welfare implications of preferential trade agreement and customs unions; the impact of international migration policies on workers; the interaction between trade and environmental policies; and the role of taxes in influencing the location of industrial activity. These interests are reflected in my teaching, where I offer classes in international trade theory, policy, and the institutions that both promote and regulate trade amongst nations. 

Academic / Professional qualifications

Ian Wooton is Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He studied at the University of St Andrews and Columbia University, and previously held posts at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Glasgow, as well as visiting professorships and research fellowships at universities in Europe and Australia.

He has been a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research since 1994 and a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network, University of Munich since 2006. In 2011 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Microeconomics at Loughborough University.

Together with Professor Joe Francois of Erasmus University, he established the European Trade Study Group, now the major annual international trade conference in the world. He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics and has acted as consultant to national and international agencies including the World Bank, the European Commission, and HM Treasury.

Research Interests

He is an established authority in international economics and has published widely in the area. His research interests and publications are primarily in international trade theory and policy, including economic geography, discriminatory trading agreements and customs unions, trade and the environment, international and intersectoral factor mobility, and foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises.

His current research projects primarily focus on various aspects of international competition for foreign direct investment by multinational corporations.

Teaching Interests

International Trade Theory and Policy (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Game Theory and Industrial Organisation Theory (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Microeconomics (introductory and intermediate)

Expertise & Capabilities

International trade theory and policy

International factor mobility

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Trade agreements

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Philosophy, Columbia University

Doctor of Philosophy, Columbia University

Master of Arts, Columbia University

Master of Arts, University of St Andrews

External positions

Fellow, CESifo Group Munich

2006 → …

Fellow, Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce

2000 → …

Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Policy Research

1994 → …


  • International Trade
  • Factor Migration
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Tax Policy

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Projects 2018 2019

Research Output 2001 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Does tax competition make mobile firms more footloose?

Ferrett, B., Hoefele, A. & Wooton, I., 11 Feb 2019, In : Canadian Journal of Economics. 52, 1, p. 379-402 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Tax competition
Economic geography
Relative efficiency

Market size, product differentiation and bidding for new varieties

Ma, J. & Wooton, I., 29 Jul 2019, In : International Tax and Public Finance. 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Product differentiation
Market size
Fiscal competition
Tax competition


Essays on stock market openness, cost of capital and investment

Author: Rodrigues Loncan, T., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Hillier, D. (Supervisor) & Wooton, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Renewal of Research Fellowship

Ian Wooton (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Appointment

Activities 1994 2016

European Trade Study Group

Ian Wooton (Speaker)
8 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Conference on Economics of Global Interactions, Bari, Italy

Ian Wooton (Invited speaker)
4 Sep 20166 Sep 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference