Welcome to Holger Breinlich's Homepage


Current Position

I am a senior lecturer (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

Secondary: Economic Geography, Corporate Finance, Industrial Organization and Applied Econometrics


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


“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.

“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

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

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

Work in Progress

Cross-Border Price Effects of Mergers and Acquisitions: A Framework for Competition Policy” (with V. Nocke and N. Schutz)

Information and Exporting - An Experimental Approach (with D. Donaldson, P. Nolen and G. Wright)

From Selling Goods to Selling Expertise: The Evolution of UK Manufacturing” (with A. Soderbery and G. Wright)

Complementarities between Goods and Services Trade at Firm Level (with A. Ariu and G. Mion)