Garth Frazer

Associate Professor, Department of Management, University of Toronto Scarborough

Areas of interest

  • Economic development
  • Productivity
  • International trade
  • Industrial organization
  • Africa


Main Bio

Garth Frazer is an Associate Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, and a member of the International Growth Centre (IGC) Trade Research Group. His research is focused on trade and industrial development, particularly in Africa. He has explored the impact of trade agreements and trade preferences on African trade, and provided advice to African country governments in their trade negotiations. He has lived and/or conducted field research in Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, and Zambia. He has also contributed to methodological advancements in the measurement of productivity. He is also Associate Editor of the Journal of African Economies. Professor Frazer received his B.Math from the University of Waterloo, his M.A. from the University of Toronto, and his Ph.D. from Yale University. 

Select publications

  • "Identification Properties of Recent Production Function Estimators," forthcoming, Econometrica (joint with Daniel Ackerberg and Kevin Caves).
  • "Trade Growth under the African Growth and Opportunity Act," Review of Economics and Statistics, 92(1), February 2010, p. 128-144. (Joint with Johannes Van Biesebroeck).
  • "Used Clothing Donations and Apparel Production in Africa," Economic Journal, 118(532), October 2008, pp. 1764-1784.
  • "Learning the Master's Trade:  Apprenticeship and Human Capital in Ghana," Journal of Development Economics, 81(2), December 2006, pp. 259-298. (lead article)
  • "Inequality and Development Across and Within Countries," World Development, 34(9), September 2006, pp. 1459-1481. (lead article)
  • "Which Firms Die? A Look at Exit from Manufacturing in Ghana" Economic Development and Cultural Change, 53(3), April 2005, pp. 585-617.