Jeffrey Nugent - Economic Research Forum (ERF)

Jeffrey Nugent

Senior Associates

Professor of Economics, University of Southern California

Areas of Interest:

  • Management of Fiscal Policy
  • Institutions in Oil Rich Countries
  • Determinants and Effects of Labor Regulations


  • Ph.D., Economics, New School for Social Research, 1965
  • M.A., Economics, New School for Social Research, 1961
  • B.A., Amherst College, American Studies, Honors Program, 1957


  • Professor of Economics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1976- Present
  • Acting Chairman, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Fall 1986; December 1989-1991
  • U.S. Representative to the Structural Issues Committee, Pacific Economic Outlook, 1994-2012
  • Member, Board of Advisory Council, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER), USC Marshall School of Business, 1995-Present

Latest Publications:

  • (with Zara Liaqat) “When Do Firms Choose to Train? The Roles of Labor Regulations, Their Enforcement, and Firm and Industry Characteristics”, Journal of Development Studies, forthcoming,
  • (with Austin Carter and Yun Gong) 2015 “Measuring Trade Advantages of the Qualifying Industrial Zones Program of Jordan and Egypt Offered by the United States for Having Signed Peace Treaties with Israel”, Topics in Middle Eastern and North African Economies, 17 (2) 192-215.
  • (with Arian Farshbaf) “What Explains the Central Asian “Trade Puzzle”? With Whom is Central Asia Under-Trading and Why?: Possible Steps Toward Some Solutions” forthcoming in Nevzat  Simsek, ed.
  • (with Luisa Blanco and Kelsey O’Connor) “Oil Curse and Institutional Changes: Which Institutions Are Most Vulnerable to the Curse and Under What Circumstances?”, Contemporary Economic Policy, 33 (2), 229-249 (April 2015).
Working Papers

Reforming Fiscal Institutions in Resource-Rich Arab Economies: Policy Proposals

This paper traces the evolution of fiscal institutions of Resource Rich Arab Economies (RRAEs) over ... read more

Working Papers

Oil, Volatility and Institutions: Cross-Country Evidence From Major Oil Producers

This paper examines the long-run effects of oil revenue and its volatility on economic growth ... read more

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