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Research Fellow

Professor of Business Economics, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto



MPhil, University of Cambridge

BA, University of Toronto


Dr. Trefler is the Douglas and Ruth Grant Canada Research Chair in Competitiveness and Prosperity, and Professor of Business Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

He is also a Research Fellow both at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is co-editor of the Journal of International Economics and the Journal of Economic Literature, and recipient of numerous awards, including the Canadian Economics Association’s Innis Award and the McDonald Award for contributions to early childhood advocacy.

His research centers on the impact of international trade on innovation, employment, earnings and domestic institutions. His current research focuses on domestic and international levers for promoting competitiveness and broad-based prosperity.

He received his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.