Ruben Dewitte

Visiting professor and postdoctoral Research Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University

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I am a visiting professor and Postdoctoral Research Fellow of Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University, holding a Ph.D. in economics from Ghent University (thesis title: "Firm Heterogeneity in International Trade" ) and a research master in economics from Université catholique de Louvain.

I have 9+ years of experience researching the micro-foundations of macroeconomic models with a particular focus on policy-relevant topics such as international trade and its environmental impact, technological change and innovation, the impact of technological change on labor and product market power, and economic growth.

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, Journal of Applied Econometrics , 2024.
  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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Office 110.023
Campus Tweekerkenstraat
Tweekerkenstraat 2
BE-9000 Gent