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Myrto Kalouptsidi is a Stanley A. Marks and William H. Marks Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute and an assistant professor of economics in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Kalouptsidi specializes in applied microeconomics, with a particular emphasis on international trade. She is renowned for her work on protectionism in the shipping industry. Her current research focuses on the impact of protectionism, search frictions, geography, and trade costs on China’s international shipping.
Kalouptsidi’s Radcliffe project explores the structure of the maritime-transportation sector and its impact on world trade. Leveraging a combination of detailed datasets on transportation contracts along with satellite data on exact ship locations, we shed light on classic and new questions of economic interest, among them: What is the role of geography in determining trade costs and flows? How does ships’ behavior affect the behavior of exporters? How do global economic shocks propagate through the network of countries? What is the impact of trade policies, such as tariffs, or trade wars on the world economy? Is the matching process between exporters and ships efficient? How would centralizing ship platforms affect world trade? What is the impact of new infrastructure?
Kalouptsidi received her BA and MS in economics from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Greece. She earned her MA, MPhil, and PhD in economics from Yale University. She is the recipient of a 2014–2017 National Science Foundation award for her project “Detection and Impact of Industrial Subsidies: The Case of World Shipbuilding.”