Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Robert McCleery

Associate Professor, International Policy and Development

I am passionate about the effort to reduce global poverty and inequality.  My research, consulting and teaching all point towards that goal.  It is the unifying theme of my work on trade, investment, infrastructure, migration and productivity, as well as the focus of my classes in development and trade.

What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is the endless variety of backgrounds and experiences that students bring to my classes. By seeing the world through their eyes, old material becomes new again and my own perspectives and horizons are broadened.

Professor McCleery was a visiting associate professor at Claremont McKenna College and an associate professor at Kobe University, Research Institute for Economics and Business Administration. In addition, he has served as a post-doctoral researcher at Stanford and as a research associate for the East-West Center Development Policy Program.  He is a Research Associate of the Center for East Asian Studies.

His work has appeared in the flagship journals of both economics (American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, and Journal of Economic Perspectives) and political science (American Political Science Review), as well as regional journals (Journal of Asian Economics and Journal of North American Economics and Finance). He has recently authored papers on NAFTA expansion, economic policy reforms in Latin America, Asian development, and financial liberalization in China and Asia-Pacific Economics Cooperation (APEC).

Professor McCleery's international experiences include consulting for government-funded research agencies like the Ministry of Trade in Indonesia, Government of Malaysia, Institute for Developing Economies (Tokyo), and Korea Development Institute; International organizations like Asian Development Bank, UNDP, and UNDESD; US government and non-governmental organizations like International Center for Economic Growth, State of Hawaii, Senator Graham (D-FL), Council on Foreign Relations, US International Trade Commission, and US Commerce Department; and university research centers such as UCLA, University of Michigan, El Colegio de Mexico.


International economics, migration, trade and trade agreements, Asian and Latin American trade and development, foreign direct investment, international finance


PhD, Economics, Stanford University, BA, Economics, University of Hawaii


“The Washington Consensus: A Post Mortem,” with Fernando DePaolis, in Asian Development, Miracles and Mirages: Essays in Honor of Seiji Naya, Sumner La Croix, ed., Summer 2006.

“NAFTA and the Broader Impacts of Trade Agreements on Industrial Development: When ‘Second-Order Effects’ Dominate,” in Empirical Methods in International Economics: Essays in Honor of Mordechai Kreinin, Edward Elgar (Michael Plummer, ed.) 2004, pp.216-228.

“Bangladesh: Searching for a Workable Development Path,” with Seiji Naya and Fernando DePaolis, Journal of East Asian Studies, Vol.1 No.3, Dec. 2004, pp.1-20.  Japanese translation published in Development and Poverty in Asia: Women's Empowerment and Quality Of Life, Yukio Ikemoto and Noriatsu Matsui, eds., forthcoming April 2006.

“NAFTA as a Metaphor for the Globalization Debate,” with Raul Hinojosa Ojeda in NAFTA in the New Millennium, Peter Smith and Edward Chambers, eds., (University of Alberta Press, 2003).

Working with Economic Data in Trade Policy Advocacy, with Moyara Ruehsen and Geza Feketekuty, (Monterey: International Commercial Diplomacy Project, 2001) published on-line at http://www.commercialdiplomacy.org/instructional_modules.htm.  Revised, with the assistance of Fernando DePaolis, October 2002.

Human Resource Development and Sustainable Growth,” Malaysian Journal of Economic Studies Vol. 37, No. 1&2, 2000, pp. 27-51.

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