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Dr Tuan Anh Luong

Job: Lecturer

School/department: Leicester Castle Business School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 257 7262




Personal profile

I am a Lecturer of Economics at De Montfort University, Faculty of Business and Law. Previously I was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics.

My main areas of research and teaching are international economics. My work is international in nature which analyses the impact of globalization on firm performance and activities. It has been published extensively in international refereed journals and presented in conferences around the world.

Research group affiliations

  • American Economic Association
  • China Trade Research Group
  • Empirical Investigation in Trade and Investment
  • International Economic and Finance Society
  • Asia Pacific Trade Seminar
  • MidWest Conference in Trade
  • Australian Trade Workshop

Publications and outputs

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Research interests/expertise

My current programme of research revolves around three main projects.

The first investigates the relation between globalization and innovation activities at the firm level. Current understanding suggests globalization prompts the production activities move to the South (developing countries) while the North (more advanced economies) focus more on innovation. Our research shows that this view will be changed when we take a closer look at different innovation activities. In particular, while the Southern firms carry less invention activities, they spend more on design activities. 

The second builds on recent methodology to estimate mark-up, or the profit margin of the firm. While we might think that domestic firms might worry about trade openness, we show that they can benefit (i.e. their profit margin is improved) by being able to import better and cheaper inputs/technology.

The third project revolves around the link between import policy and export performance. In particular, we are interested in resource reallocation within a firm. More precisely, we analyse how an exporter adjusts their product mix with response to changes in import trade policy. 

Areas of teaching

  • Intermediate and Advanced International Economics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Industrial Organization
  • Intermediate Econometrics 


  • BSc in Applied Maths and Economics, Ecole Polytechnique, France 2003
  • BA in Statistics, Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Economique (ENSAE), France
  • MA in Economics, Paris School of Economics, France 2004
  • PhD in Economics, Princeton University, 2011

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Intermediate Microeconomic theory;
  • Advanced Microeconomic theory
  • International Economics
  • Advanced International Economics
  • Frontier Research in International Economics

Honours and awards

  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Research Grant, 2009-2012, research fund.
  • Princeton University Graduate School Fellowship, 2004-2008, outstanding academic record.
  • Princeton University Centennial Fellowship, 2004-2006, outstanding academic record.
  • Princeton University Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship, 2005-2008, research fund.
  • French Government Fellowship (CROUS, EGIDE), 2001-2004, outstanding academic record.
  • Ho Chi Minh City National University Scholarship (highest rank), 1998-2000, best student awards.
  • The Vietnamese Ministry of Education Scholarship (highest rank), 1995-1998, outstanding academic record.

Membership of professional associations and societies

American Economic Association: member from 2009; an association of economists in America.

China Trade Research Group: founding member from 2010; a group of trade economists in China.

Empirical Investigation in Trade and Investment: member from 2011; a group of international economists.

International Economic and Finance Society: member since 2010; a group of international economists.

Asia Pacific Trade Seminar: member since 2011; a group of international economists.

MidWest Conference in Trade: member since 2010; a group of international economists.

Australian Trade Workshop: member since 2013; a group of international economists in Australia. 

Professional licences and certificates

  • Teaching certificate – Princeton University
  • Master advisory certificate – Shanghai University of Finance and Economics

Forthcoming events

China Trade Research Group Summer workshop

Conference attendance

Invited speakers at the University of Navarra (Spain), Beijing University of International Business and Economics, Tsinghua University, Beijing University, Nottingham University in Ningbo (China), Singapore Management University (Singapore), Queensland University (Australia), the City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong), the Mid-West International Trade Meeting, the IEFS meeting, the Econometric Society in North America, in Europe and in Asia, EITI Conference, GEP conference, Australian Trade Workshop

Recent research outputs

The Intensive and Extensive Margins of Exports and Labor Heterogeneity – with Wei-Chih Chen - Review of Development Economics, 2016, vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 201-213

Tuan Anh Luong (2013) - Does learning by exporting happen? Evidence from the automobile industry in China– Review of Development Economics, Vol. 17, No. 3, pp. 461-73

Tuan Anh Luong (2011) - The Impact of Input and Output Tariffs on Firms’ Productivity, Review of International Economics, Vol.19, No.5, pp.821-35


Country of Export Destination Effects - with Shenyu Li and Rong Huang - Lambert Academic Publishing, 2016

Internally funded research project information

  • Shanghai University of Finance and Economics Research Grant 2009-2012. 

Professional esteem indicators

Referee for Review of Development Economics; Journal of Asian and African Studies; World Economy; Frontiers of Economics in China; European Economics Review; International Economic Journal; International Trade and Economic Development. 

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