HPU Assistant Professor Publishes Paper In Respected 'Economics And Politics' Journal

Posted on September 3, 2010.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 3, 2010 – Dr. Suryadipta Roy, assistant professor of economics at High Point University, recently had one of his research papers accepted in the “Economics and Politics” journal.

The paper, “Political Asymmetry and Common External Tariffs in a Customs Union,” was co-authored with Subhayu Bandyopadhyay and Sajal Lahiri.

The paper presents a game-theoretic general equilibrium model to explain how Customs Unions, one form of preferential trade agreements among countries can lead to higher trade barriers and hence hurt international trade liberalization. The paper thus has policy implications regarding preferential trade liberalization in the context of global trade.

“I am obviously extremely delighted since the journal is very well known in the academia,” Roy says. “Thus my work reaches out to a lot of people doing research in the field of political economy of international trade. It also helps to be associated with two of my co-authors, since they are renowned internationally.”

The Economics and Political journal is one of the top field publications in public economics. Besides being a highly ranked general interest journal in economics, Roy says the journal is also important in the field the political economy.

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Chris Dudley

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