Becker Friedman Institute
for Research in Economics
The University of Chicago

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Thomas Chaney

Professor of Economics
Toulouse School of Economics
Visiting Scholar

Thomas Chaney is an accomplished macroeconomist whose research focuses on international trade and trade theory, particuarly on the dynamics of trade. Recent papers evaluate the integrity of the gravity model of bilateral trade flows and the extent to which established models of productivity and division of labor reflect and affect firm level productivity and decision making.

He received a National Science Foundation grant for his working paper "The Network Structure of International Trade," which unites a rigorous theoretical model for firm level trade dynamics with empirical findings.

Chaney began his career at the University of Chicago in 2005 as an assistant professor in economics and the college and Thornber Research Fellow. He held a year-long visiting fellowship at Princeton University in 2008-09 and was professor at the Toulouse School of Economics while on leave from UChicago in 2012-13.

He is a faculty research fellow with the National Bureau of Economics Research and a research affiliate with the Center for Economic Policy Research. He also serves as a consultant to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Beginning this year, he will sit on the Board of Editors of the Review of Economic Studies.

Chaney received his PhD at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after completing his undergraduate studies in his native France, at the École Normale Supérieure.

Previous Visits

  • 2013: July 6–August 4

Thomas Chaney visited the institute as a CME Group Foundation Fellow for the 2012-13 academic year.