Youssef Ait Benasser
Assistant Professor of Economics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Economics
Biography:Professor Benasser (they/he) specializes in international trade policy analysis, with complementary interests in applied econometrics, financial economics, and political economy. Their research focuses on analyzing trade policy irregularities in the context of weakening multilateralism. Publications include “Measuring Trade Policy Uncertainty and Its Impact on Financial Market Volatility” (under review); working papers addressing the symmetry of trade policy and the trade diversion impact of China’s commercial diplomacy; and the works-in-progress “Foreign Direct Investment and Knowledge Diffusion: A Network Approach” and “Labor Bargaining Power along the Value Supply Chain.” Benasser comes to Bard from Reed College, where they taught courses in macroeconomics and international trade. Born in Rabat, Morocco, Professor Benasser also has experience in the private and public sectors, having worked for several years at firms in Paris, including S&P Global Ratings and La Banque Postale, as well as the French Treasury, Tunisia and Libya office, in Tunis. They are the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from both the University of Oregon and Sciences Po.
BA, political science, Sciences Po Paris; MSc, economics and public policy, Ecole Polytechnique and Sciences Po Paris; PhD, University of Oregon. At Bard since 2023.