Michael Anderson Robert E. Sadler, Jr. Professor of Economics

Michael Anderson

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Anderson joined the Economics Department at Washington and Lee University in 1990, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His primary teaching responsibilities are International Trade and Econometrics. He has also taught courses on international finance, international poverty and development, and the the European Monetary Union.

Professor Anderson's primary area of research is in International Trade. Among the papers in this area are examinations of how firm-level decisions affect state-level poverty in India, the relationship between firm productivity and quality-upgrading among Indian trading firms, the effect of ethnic networks on international price arbitrage, the way international borders disrupt markets, and the role of international trade in domestic labor markets. He has published in a variety of Economics Journals, including the Review of International Economics, The World Economy, and The Canadian Journal of Economics. Professor Anderson has spent several years working as a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Professor Anderson's work was recognized in 2001 with a major grant from the American Philosophical Society, and in 2012 he was named the Robert E. Sadler Jr. Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee.

Michael and his wife Betty are both graduates of Michigan State University, and both grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Betty has degrees in Agricultural Education, and she has worked in math education, with a focus on at-risk students. They have two sons, Luke and Jared.


Ph.D. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1990)

M.S. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1985)

B.A. in economics, Michigan State University (1980)


Trade and Development
Trading Firms in India
Ethnic Networks and Market Integration
Borders and Markets


International Trade
European Integration