Ruben Dewitte

Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and visiting professor at Ghent University

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I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and visiting professor at Ghent University. I obtained the title `Doctor of Economics' in January 2020 for my thesis titled "Firm Heterogeneity in International Trade" .

My research focuses on the topics of International Economics and Applied Microeconomics. My current work concentrates on the definition, characterization and measurement of firm-level heterogeneity in international trade.

I will be on the 2023-2024 Job Market! Please find my Job Market Paper here.

Please find an overview of my experience and other qualifications below:


Refereed Publications

  1. "Gains From Trade: Demand, Supply and Idiosyncratic Shocks." with G. Rayp and B. Merlevede, Conditionally accepted at the Journal of Applied Econometrics .
  2. "The Gravity Equation in International Trade: A Note.", Journal of Political economy, 2022 130(5), 1412-1418.
  3. "Unobserved Heterogeneity in the Productivity Distribution and Gains From Trade." with M. Dumont, G. Rayp, and P. Willemé, Canadian Journal of Economics, 2022 55(3), 1566-1597.
  4. "Firm-Heterogeneous Biased Technological Change: A nonparametric approach under endogeneity" with M. Verschelde , M. Dumont, B. Merlevede and G. Rayp, European Journal of Operational Research 2020 283(3), 1172–1182.

Work in progress

  1. [JOB MARKET PAPER] "Identifying Latent Heterogeneity in Productivity." with C. Fuss and A. Theodorakopoulos.
  2. "From heavy-tailed micro to macro: on the characterization of firm-level heterogeneity and its aggregation properties."
  3. "The Log of Heavy-Tailed Gravity."
  4. "Technology, Prices and Market Power" with G. Presidente and A. Theodorakopoulos.
  5. "The Design of Environmental Impact Assessments of Trade Agreements" with S. Happersberger, N. Nagabhatla, G. Rayp, and L. B. Thi Thuy.
  6. "Comparative advantage and heterogeneous firms. The case of Portugal." with G. Rayp (dormant).


R packages

  1. "distributionsrd: Distribution Fitting and Evaluation".

Work in progress

    All public code can be accessed via my personal GitHub webpage.

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