Renee Bowen

Pastor Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor; Director, Center for Commerce and Diplomacy

Renee Bowen in an associate professor of economics at the School and director of the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy. Her research focuses on political economy, microeconomic theory and international trade. Bowen applies dynamic game theory to study the behavior of individuals who are constrained by institutions and who have long-term strategic considerations. Her recent work examines legislative bargaining and policy experimentation.

Prior to joining UC San Diego, Bowen was an assistant professor of economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has been a consultant at the World Bank, working on international trade policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, and was an investment banking analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities, working with emerging markets.

For more information, please visit Renee Bowen’s personal site.

Education and CV

Ph.D., Economics, Georgetown University, 2008
M.A., Economics, Georgetown University, 2003
B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2000
CV

GPS Spotlight

Applying game theory to study behaviors

Media

How Tariffs Could Impact Your Home Renovation
May 20, 2019, interviewed by The Wall Street Journal (video)

GPEC 416. International Trade Agreements
The objective of this course is to give students an understanding of what international trade agreements mean for global leaders. This course examines the reasons for international trade agreements, their design, the strategic interactions that determine implementation and sustainability, and consequences for global welfare and inequality. The course draws on international economics, game theory, law and economics, and political economy. The tools are used to understand multilateral trade and investment agreements, such as NAFTA, international organizations, such as the WTO, and what is implied by tariffs on solar panels, steel or aluminum, for example. The course will combine case studies, group interaction and presentations. In addition, we will watch the documentary “Life and Debt” for discussion in class.

ECON 106. International Economic Agreements
Examines reasons for international economic agreements, their design, the strategic interactions that determine how the agreements are implemented and sustained, and consequences for global welfare and inequality. Draws on international economics, game theory, law and economics, and political economy to understand international economic agreements. These tools are used to understand multilateral trade and investment agreements, such as NAFTA, and international organizations, such as the WTO. Prerequisites: Econ 100B and 102.

ECON 281. Dynamic Political Economy Theory
This a graduate course in political economy. This course provides an introduction to political economy theory and its implications for dynamic questions. We will cover basic theory, some useful tools and research at the frontier of the field. Topics covered will include dynamics of power fluctuations, representative democracy, redistribution, government formation and learning about policies. Tools will be primarily those of dynamic game theory including dynamic programming, and stochastic processes.

Renee Bowen