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Current Position

I am a Reader (associate professor with tenure) in Economics at the University of Essex. I am also a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) and a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).

Contact address:     University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom

E-mail:                    hbrein AT essex DOT ac DOT uk


Research Interests

Primary: International Trade, Economic Geography, Applied Econometrics

Secondary: Corporate Finance, Industrial Organization, Development Economics


2001 – 2006:   Ph.D. in Economics, London School of Economics (preliminary year at the University of Bonn, Germany)

1996 2001:   B.Sc./M.Sc. Management and Economics, University of Mannheim, Germany


“Tariffs, Trade and Productivity: A Quantitative Evaluation of Heterogeneous Firm Models,” (with A. Cuñat) forthcoming, Economic Journal. (Online appendix) (Vox Column)

“Producer Services and Trade Liberalization,” forthcoming, in (eds.): Richardson et al., The International Encyclopedia of Geography, Wiley-Blackwell.

“Heterogeneous Firm-Level Responses to Trade Liberalization: A Test Using Stock Price Reactions,” Journal of International Economics, July 2014, Vol. 93, No. 2. (Online appendix)

Regional Growth and Regional Decline (with G. Ottaviano and J. Temple), in: P. Aghion and S. Durlauf, Handbook of Economic Growth, December 2013.

“Geography, Non-Homotheticity, and Industrialization: A Quantitative Analysis” (with A. Cuñat), Journal of Development Economics, July 2013, Vol. 103, 133-153 (Earlier version titled "A Many-Country Model of Industrialization" available as CEPR Discussion Paper 8495).

“Channels of Size Adjustment and Firm Performance” (with S. Niemann and E. Solomon), Economics Letters, Aug. 2012, Vol. 116, No. 2.

“Foreign market conditions and export performance: does `crowdedness' reduce exports?” (with A. Tucci), Canadian Journal of Economics, Aug. 2011, Vol. 44, No. 2.

“International Trade in Services: A Portrait of Importers and Exporters” (with C. Criscuolo), Journal of International Economics, July 2011, Vol. 84, No. 2. (Vox Column)

“Trade Liberalization and Industrial Restructuring through Mergers and Acquisitions,” Journal of International Economics, Dec. 2008, Vol. 76, No. 2.

“The Spatial Income Structure in the European Union – What Role for Economic Geography?” Journal of Economic Geography, Nov. 2006, Vol. 6, No. 5.

Working Papers

From Selling Goods to Selling Services: Firm Responses to Trade Liberalization” (with A. Soderbery and G. Wright), CEPR Discussion Paper 10116.

“Patterns of Plant Adjustment in Multidivisional Firms: Theory and Empirical Evidence” (with S. Niemann). Essex Discussion Papers 697.

Work in Progress

“Merger Policy in a Quantitative Model of International Trade” (with V. Nocke and N. Schutz)

Information and Attitudes Towards Exporting: Evidence from an Randomized Control Trial (with D. Donaldson, P. Nolen and G. Wright)

Trade Liberalization and the Interconnections between Services and Goods Trade at Firm-Level (with A. Ariu, G. Corcos and G. Mion)

“Gravity Aggregation” (with J. Santos Silva and D. Novy)

“The Effect of Trade Liberalization on Firm-Level Profits: An Event-Study Approach”