Russell Hillberry is a senior economist in the Development Research Group, Trade and International Integration Team. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2012, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia, where taught International Trade and Microeconomics. Prior to that he was employed as an international economist at the U.S. International Trade Commission. He received a BS from the University of Minnesota, and an MA and Ph.D. from Indiana University.
Hillberry’s research focuses on the economic geography of trade patterns and associated inferences about the costs of conducting international trade. In this context he has helped to develop structural approaches to making inferences about trade costs, as well as highlighting evidence that points to important shortcomings of existing structural models of the trade pattern. His current research focuses on models of production staging and their implications for the geography of trade. Hillberry has also conducted research on topics such as U.S. anti-dumping activity and the quantitative implications of “fair trade” intermediaries. His research has appeared in the Journal of International Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics and the European Economic Review, among others.
In addition to his research that has been published in academic journals, Hillberry has contributed to numerous assessments of international trade policy. In his time at the U.S. International Trade Commission he helped to lead a study of the effects of trade agreements on the U.S. economy. He also conducted policy research on the effect of U.S. import restraints and preferential trade agreements, as well as background studies of selected services industries in which international trade issues were important. He has also consulted with Canadian and Australian government agencies on international trade issues. His work at the World Bank has focused primarily on trade facilitation and logistics in developing country settings.