Ariel Burstein's research lies in the areas of international macroeconomics and international trade. His recent research develops quantitative models and brings in new data to answer such questions as: To what extent can increased globalization account for rising wage inequality in developed and developing countries? What are the aggregate consequences of reallocating firm-embedded exptertise across countries? Why are relative prices across countries so volatile over time? Does international trade lead to gains in productivity and welfare by stimulating innovation by firms?
Burstein joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty in 2003. He has held visiting positions at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank and New York University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he is a member of research groups that focus on international finance and macroeconomics, economic fluctuations and growth, and international trade and investment. He is a coeditor of the Journal of International Economics, and is a member of the editorial boards of the Review of Economics Dynamics and the IMF Economic Review.
He received his master's degree in economics from La Universidad de San Andrés in 1997, in Buenos Aires, and his PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 2002.