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Professor Ian Wooton PhD

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Professor of Economics

Ian Wooton is Professor of Economics and Vice-Dean in Strathclyde Business School at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He previously was the Bonar-Macfie Professor at the University of Glasgow and an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He studied at the University of St Andrews and Columbia University, from which he received his PhD in 1982. He is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London and a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network, University of Munich.

Ian has held visiting positions at leading research institutions around the world and has served as a consultant to a number of governmental and international agencies, including the World Bank and UK Treasury. Most recently, in light of the recent decision by the UK to leave the European Union, Ian has given advice to the Scottish Government and Parliament on the potential implications of Brexit.

In 1999, Ian and Joseph Francois (University of Bern) established the European Trade Study Group (ETSG) as a means of promoting research in international trade, especially for young European scholars. ETSG has now grown to be the world’s largest annual international trade conference.

Ian’s research focuses on international trade theory and policy. He has published on many facets of that area including customs union theory, international factor migration, trade and the environment, economic geography, trade in services, and international tax competition. He has a longstanding interest in the determinants of the location choices made by multinational enterprises for foreign direct investment and is currently engaged in a number of research projects investigating these decisions.

Tax competition for Foreign Direct Investment; economic implications of Brexit.