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I am an economist with research interests in international trade and macro development. I received my Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA in 2020.

I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Yale School of Management.

I am also an Associate Editor at the Journal of International Economics and a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER.
working papers



Research Papers

Multinationals, Monopsony, and Local Development: Evidence from the United Fruit Company with Esteban Méndez

Econometrica, 2022

Online Appendix. Supplementary Online Appendix7-minute summary video by Econimate. Podcast by Trade Talks. Media coverage: Marginal RevolutionFrankfurter Allgemeine, UCLA's Research Spotlight, Cato Institute, VoxDev, Yale Insights

Are Cryptocurrencies Currencies? Bitcoin as Legal Tender in El Salvador with Fernando Alvarez and David Argente

Science, 2023 

NBER Working Paper No. 29968. Media coverage: New York Times, Financial Times, Bloomberg, Fortune, National Public Radio, CointelegraphChristian Science Monitor, Forbes, BBC, CNBC

Voting on a Trade Agreement: Firm Networks and Attitudes Toward Openness with Esteban Méndez

Review of Economic Studies, accepted

NBER Working Paper No. 30058

Strategic Complementarities in a Dynamic Model of Technology Adoption 

with Fernando Alvarez, David Argente, Francesco Lippi, and Esteban Méndez

American Economic Review, revise and resubmit

NBER Working Paper No. 31280

Cross-Border Product Adoption: Individual Imports, Migrant Networks, and Domestic Retailers  

 with David Argente and Esteban Méndez

The International Consequences of Bretton Woods: Capital Controls and the Value of Geopolitical Stability

with Lee Ohanian, Paulina Restrepo-Echavarría, and Mark Wright   

NBER Working Paper No. 31595

Other Work


The Dismantling of Capital Controls After Bretton Woods and Latin American Productivity

AEA, Papers and Proceedings, 2022 

Global Firms and Local Development with Esteban Méndez

Book Chapter. Prepared for “Roots of Underdevelopment: A New Economic (and Political) History of Latin America and the Caribbean" 

Palgrave, Macmillan. 2022

Work in Progress

Detour Ahead: Market Frictions and Path Dependence in Transport Networks with Marta Santamaría

Enrooted Corporate Culture: The Long-Run Impact of Exposure to Multinationals on Local Trade Policy and Political Identity with Esteban Méndez 

International Diffusion of Technology: Accounting for Differences in Learning Abilities 



Mailing Address:
Diana Van Patten

Yale School of Management

Evans Hall

165 Whitney Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511


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