Phạm Hoàng Văn

Phạm Hoàng Văn

Ph.D, Cornell University, New York, United States

Pham Hoang Van is a Professor of Economics at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. His research applies tools from economic theory, game theory, and applied statistics to study diverse topics such as child labor, health care in developing countries, gender in labor markets, immigration, regulation, sovereign debt, technology change, trade policy, foreign investment, corruption, networks, the role of language in international trade. Van’s papers have been published in top economics and law journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, World Development, World Economy, New York University Law Review; his research has been cited over 2000 times. Van also writes non-academic policy commentary in both English and Vietnamese. He has lectured to undergraduate and graduate students, academics, business executives, diplomats, and policy makers in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Van holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University and S.M and S.B. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Van has received numerous teaching and research awards; he has been a Fulbright Scholar; his academic work has been supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, and the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Research interests:

Economic Development, International Economics, Economics of Information, Game Theory, Price Theory


  1. “Can Health Insurance Reduce Household Vulnerability? Evidence from Vietnam” (with Thang T. Vo), forthcoming, World Development.
  2. “Subfederal Immigration Regulation and the Trump Effect,” (with Huyen Pham) New York University Law Review, vol. 94, no. 1, April 2019, pp. 125-170.
  3. “The Short and Long Run Effects of Debt Reduction: Evidence from Debt Relief Under the Enhanced HIPC and MDR Initiatives,” (with Kelsey Gamel) Journal of Asian Business and Economic Studies, vol. 25 no. 1, 2018, pp. 144-162.
  4. “Trade Diversion as Firm Adjustment to Trade Policy: Evidence from EU Antidumping Duties on Vietnamese Footwear” (with Nguyen Trong Hoai and Nguyen Truong Toan) World Economy, vol. 40, no. 6, June 2017, pp. 1128–1154.
  5. “State-Created Immigration Climates: the Influence of Domestic Migrants,” (with Huyen Pham) University of Hawaii Law Review, vol. 38, no. 1, 2016, pp. 181-210.
  6. “Measuring the Climate for Immigrants: A State-by-State Analysis,” (with Huyen Pham) in Strange Neighbors: The Role of States in Immigration Policy, Gabriel Jack Chin and Carissa Hessick (eds.), New York University Press, 2014, Chapter 1, pp. 21-40.
  7. “Measuring State-Created Immigration Climate,” (with Huyen Pham) in How to Measure Immigration Policies, Migration and Citizenship Newsletter of the American Political Science Association, vol. 1, no. 2, Summer 2013, pp. 22-27.
  8. “Supersize It: The Growth of Retail Chains and the Rise of the ‘Big Box’ Retail Format” (with Emek Basker and Shawn Klimek), Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, vol. 21, no. 3, Fall 2012, pp. 541-82.
  9. “The Economic Impact of Subfederal Immigration Regulation: An Empirical Analysis,” (with Huyen Pham) Cardozo Law Review, vol. 32, no. 2, November 2010, pp. 485-518.
    ——— reprinted in Immigration and Nationality Law Review, vol. 31, 2012.
  10. “Imports ‘ R’ Us: Retail Chains as Platforms for Developing-Country Imports” (with Emek Basker), American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings), vol. 100, no. 2, May 2010, pp. 414-18.
  11. “Dutch Disease in the Labor Market: Women, Services, and Industrialization,” Review of Development Economics, vol. 13, no. 4, November 2009, pp. 560-75.
  12. “High Corruption Income in Ming and Qing China,” (with Shawn Ni) Journal of Development Economics, vol. 81, December 2006, pp. 316-36.
  13. “Missing a Miracle: How Aggregate TFP Accounting Overlooks Sectoral Efficiency Gains,” (with Ghunsu Park and Dongsoo Ha) Journal of the Korean Economy, vol. 4, no. 1, 2003, pp. 1-28.
  14. “The Economics of Child Labor: Reply,” (with Kaushik Basu) American Economic Review, vol. 89, no. 5, December 1999, pp. 1386-88.
  15. “Emulative Development through Trade Expansions: East Asian Evidence,” (with Henry Y. Wan Jr.), in International Trade Policy and the Pacific Rim John Piggott and Alan Woodland (eds.), Macmillan Press, 1999, pp. 348-66.
  16. “The Economics of Child Labor,” (with Kaushik Basu) American Economic Review, vol. 88, no. 3, June 1998, pp. 412-27.
  17. “Interpreting East Asian Growth,” (with Henry Y. Wan Jr.) in Dynamics, Economic Growth, and International Trade, Bjarne Jensen and Kar-yiu Wong (eds.), University of Michigan Press, 1997, pp. 265-86.
  18. “A Methodology for Manufacturing Process Signature Analysis,” (with Steven D. Eppinger and Christopher Huber) Journal of Manufacturing Systems, vol. 14, no. 1, 1995.
  19. “Essays on Technology Transfer, Trade, and Labor in Economic Development,” Ph.D. Dissertation, Cornell University, 1998.
  20. “Manufacturing Process Signature Analysis Using Feature Extraction and Classification,” S.M. Thesis, MIT, 1992.
  21. “Controlling Five Degrees of Freedom of a Magnetically Levitated Linear Slide,” S.B.. Thesis, MIT, 1989.
  1. “The Long-Term Effects of the Rwandan Genocide on Child Work” (with Yoo-Mi Chin and Scott Cunningham).
  2. “Productive Bribes” (with Steven Kauffman).
  3. “Productivity Spillovers from Export Destinations through Domestic Production Networks” (with Steven Kauffman).
  4. “Language Distance and Services Trade” (with Kristin Hulyk).
  5. “A Positive Theory of Regulatory Endogenous Sunk Costs” (with David VanHoose).
  6. “Putting a Smiley Face on the Dragon: Wal-Mart as Catalyst to U.S.-China Trade” (with Emek Basker).
  7. “The Effect of Foreign Ownership Limits on FDI and Debt” (with Prasopchoke Mongsawad).
  8. “One Industry at a Time: Evidence of Induced Localized Technical Gains in the East Asian Countries.”