Michael Anderson Robert E. Sadler Jr. Professor of Economics

Michael Anderson

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Anderson joined the Economics Department at Washington and Lee University in 1990, after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His primary teaching responsibilities are International Trade, International Finance, and Econometrics. He has also taught courses on international poverty and development, and has taught a study-abroad course on the European Monetary Union.

Professor Anderson is the author of more than 15 published articles, and has given numerous invited presentations to academic and lay audiences. His primary area of research is in International Trade. Among the papers in this area are examinations of how international borders disrupt markets, the role of ethnic networks in encouraging trade and price convergence, and the role of international trade in domestic labor markets. He has published in a variety of Economics Journals, including the Review of International Economics, The World Economy, and The Canadian Journal of Economics. Professor Anderson's work was recognized in 2001 with a major grant from the American Philosophical Society, and in 2012 he was named the Robert E. Sadler Jr. Professor of Economics at Washington and Lee.

Michael and his wife Betty are both graduates of Michigan State University, and both grew up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Betty has degrees in Agricultural Education, and she has worked in math education, with a focus on at-risk students. They have two sons, Luke and Jared.


Ph.D. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1990)

M.S. in economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison (1985)

B.A. in economics, Michigan State University (1980)


Market integration, and the role of international borders and ethnic networks. Price discrimination and product quality decisions of Indian exporters. 


International Trade, International Finance, Econometrics, Economic Integration in the European Union.