A Day in the (Exciting!) Life of a Trade Economist

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
8:00 - 9:00am CT

A Day in the (Exciting!) Life of a Trade Economist

Howard L. Hawks Hall Room 111.

Ever wonder what trade economists do? From assessing how a trade policy change may affect the price you pay for everyday goods to analyzing the economic cost of potential geopolitical incidents, there is incredible variety in the work they do for businesses, governments, non-profits, international organizations, and think tanks. Learn more from Christine McDaniel, an economist who has worked in many of these places.

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Christine McDaniel

Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University; Non-Resident Fellow, Yeutter Institute

McDaniel is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center and a non-resident fellow at the Clayton Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her research focuses on international trade, globalization, and intellectual property rights. McDaniel previously worked at Sidley Austin, LLP, a global law firm, where she was a senior economist. She has held several positions in the U.S. government, including Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Treasury Department and senior trade economist in the White House Council of Economic Advisers, and has worked in the economic offices of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, and U.S. International Trade Commission. Christine spent three years in Australia as deputy chief economist in Australia’s patent office. She has published in the areas of international trade, intellectual property, and empirical trade analysis and modeling. Christine has written for the Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Hill, and Forbes, among others, and her media appearances include CNBC, CBC, BBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and MSNBC. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Colorado and received her B.A. in Economics and Japanese Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.