Professor Ian Wooton

Emeritus Professor



Personal statement

I am an international trade theorist, with a particular interest in trade policy and international factor movements. I have written on the welfare implications of preferential trade agreement and customs unions; the impact of international migration policies on workers; the interaction between trade and environmental policies; and the role of taxes in influencing the location of industrial activity. These interests are reflected in my teaching, where I offer classes in international trade theory, policy, and the institutions that both promote and regulate trade amongst nations. 

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Area of Expertise

International trade theory and policy

International factor mobility

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI)

Trade agreements

Prize And Awards

Renewal of Research Fellowship

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Ian Wooton is Professor of Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. He studied at the University of St Andrews and Columbia University, and previously held posts at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Glasgow, as well as visiting professorships and research fellowships at universities in Europe and Australia.

He has been a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research since 1994 and a Fellow of the CESifo Research Network, University of Munich since 2006. In 2011 he was appointed as a Visiting Professor in Microeconomics at Loughborough University.

Together with Professor Joe Francois of Erasmus University, he established the European Trade Study Group, now the major annual international trade conference in the world. He is a former Associate Editor of the Journal of International Economics and has acted as consultant to national and international agencies including the World Bank, the European Commission, and HM Treasury.

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Does tax competition make mobile firms more footloose?
Ferrett Ben, Hoefele Andreas, Wooton Ian
Canadian Journal of Economics Vol 52, pp. 379-402 (2019)
Multinational banks in regulated markets : is financial integration desirable?
Haufler Andreas, Wooton Ian
Canadian Journal of Economics Vol 54, pp. 1811-1841 (2021)
Tax competition for FDI : China’s exceptional approach
Hynes Kate, Liu Yongzheng, Ma Jie, Wooton Ian
International Tax and Public Finance (2021)
Targeting FDI
Ferrett Ben, Wooton Ian
International Tax and Public Finance Vol 28, pp. 366-385 (2021)
Market size, product differentiation and bidding for new varieties
Ma Jie, Wooton Ian
International Tax and Public Finance Vol 27, pp. 257-279 (2020)
Is international tax competition only about taxes? A market-based perspective
Azémar Céline, Desbordes Rodolphe, Wooton Ian
Journal of Comparative Economics Vol 48, pp. 891-912 (2020)

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International Trade Theory and Policy (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Game Theory and Industrial Organisation Theory (undergraduate and postgraduate)

Microeconomics (introductory and intermediate)

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Research Interests

He is an established authority in international economics and has published widely in the area. His research interests and publications are primarily in international trade theory and policy, including economic geography, discriminatory trading agreements and customs unions, trade and the environment, international and intersectoral factor mobility, and foreign direct investment and multinational enterprises.

His current research projects primarily focus on various aspects of international competition for foreign direct investment by multinational corporations.

Professional Activities

Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy Academic Conference
European Trade Study Group
European Trade Study Group
International Tax and Public Finance (Journal)
Guest editor
European Trade Study Group
Economics of Global Interactions: New Perspectives on Trade, Mobility and Development
Keynote/plenary speaker

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Centre for Inclusive Trade Policy
Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator) Wooton, Ian (Co-investigator) Black, James (Researcher) Maurya, Aditya (Researcher)
06-Jan-2022 - 05-Jan-2027
Feasibility Study on Trade Modelling for Scotland
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) Borbely, Daniel (Co-investigator) Figus, Gioele (Co-investigator) Wooton, Ian (Co-investigator)
28-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2019
The roles of provinces and devolved administrations in the negotiation and implementation of a Canada-UK trade agreement
Wooton, Ian (Principal Investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019

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Professor Ian Wooton
Emeritus Professor

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