Barbara Spencer

Asia-Pacific Professor in Trade Policy

B.Ec. (ANU), M.Ec. (Monash), 
Ph.D. (Carnegie-Mellon) 

Office: 260 Henry Angus Building 
Tel: (604) 822-8479 
Fax: (604) 822-8477

Mailing Address:
The University of British Columbia 
Sauder School of Business
2053 Main Mall 
Vancouver, B.C., Canada 
V6T 1Z2

Offices Held

Research Interests

  • Teaching - Commerce 394
  • Curriculum Vitae

    Presentation at CWEN lunch, Canadian Economics Association Meetings, May 2002

    Working Papers

    Spencer, Barbara J. and James A. Brander,  “strategic trade policy” in S. N Durlauf and L. E. Blume, The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, forthcoming Palgrave Macmillan.

    Croft, Elizabeth W. and Barbara J. Spencer, “Fees and Surcharging in ATM Networks: The Role of Nonbanks and Depositor Base”, Revised Oct 2004; earlier version: NBER working paper w9883, August 2003.

    Robert C. Feenstra and Barbara J. Spencer, “Contractual Versus Generic Outsourcing:The Role of Proximity”, NBER working paper No. 11885, Dec 2005

    Selected Publications

    Head Keith, Ries John and Barbara J. Spencer, “Vertical Networks and U.S. Auto Parts Exports: Is Japan Different?”, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 13(1), Spring 2004, 37- 67.

    Qiu, Larry D. and Barbara J. Spencer, "Keiretsu and Relationship-Specific Investments: Implications for Market-Opening Policy", Journal of Intenational Economics, 58/1, October 2002, 49-79.

    Zhou, D, Spencer B.J. and I. Vertinsky, “Strategic Trade Policy with Endogenous Choice of Quality and Asymmetric Costs”, Journal of International Economics, 56(1), January 2002, 205-232.

    Spencer. Barbara J. and Larry D. Qiu, "Keiretsu and Relationship-Specific Investments: A Barrier to Trade?", International Economic Review, 42(4),
    November 2001, 871-901.

    Ishilawa, Jota and Barbara J. Spencer, "Rent-Shifting Export Subsidies with an Imported Intermediate Product", Journal of International Economics
    Vol 48, No. 2, August 1999; 199-232

    Spencer, Barbara J., "Quota Licenses for Imported Capital Equipment: Could Bureaucrats Ever Do Better than the Market?", Journal of InternationalEconomics, Vol 43, No. 1/2, August 1997, 1-29

    Spencer, Barbara J. and Ruth S. Raubitschek, "High-Cost Domestic Joint Ventures and International Competition: Do Domestic Firms Gain?", International Economic Review,Vol 37, No. 2, May 1996: 315-340

    Dowrick, Steve and Barbara J. Spencer,  "Union Attitudes to Labour-Saving Innovation: When are Unions Luddites?", Journal of Labor Economics 12 (2), 1994, 316-344.

    Spencer, Barbara J. and Ronald W. Jones, "Vertical Foreclosure and International Trade Policy", Review of Economic Studies 58 (1), January 1991, 153-170.

    Brander, James A. and Barbara J. Spencer, 1988, "Unionized Oligopoly and International Trade Policy," Journal of International Economics, Vol. 24, No. 3/4, May,  217-234.

    Spencer, Barbara J. "What Should Trade Policy Target?", in Paul R. Krugman, ed., Strategic Trade Policy and the New International Economics, M.I.T. Press, June 1986, 69-90.

    Brander, James A. and Barbara J. Spencer, 1985, "Export Subsidies and International Market Share Rivalry", Journal of International Economics 18 (1/2),  83-100

    Brander, James A. and Barbara J. Spencer, 1984, "Trade Warfare: Tariffs and Cartels", Journal of International Economics 16 (3/4), 227 - 242

    Brander, James A. and Barbara J. Spencer, 1984, "Tariff Protection and Imperfect Competition", Monopolistic Competition and Product Differentiation and International Trade, Henryk Kierzkowski, ed., Oxford University Press: 194-207

    Spencer, Barbara J. and James A. Brander, 1983, "International R&D Rivalry and Industrial Strategy", Review of Economic Studies L-4 (163), 707-722.