Chris Magee

Christopher Magee

Professor of Economics
Economics Department Co-Chair
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About Christopher Magee

Professor Magee's recent publications include an article in Social Science Quarterly on policy choices by members of the House of Representatives, and articles in the Journal of International Economics and in Economics & Politics on campaign contributions and United States trade policies.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Swarthmore College Economics
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin (Madison) Economics
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison) Economics

Research Interests

  • public choice
  • regional trade agreements
  • the effect of U.S. trade barriers on world prices
  • lobbying over medical malpractice legislation


  • ECON 341 Econometrics
  • CAPS 407 The Economics of Politics and Lobbying
  • ECON 338 Seminar in International Economics
  • ECON 101 Economics Principals and Problems
  • ECON 203 Intermediate Macroeconomics


Magee, Christopher, 2017, "The increasing irrelevance of trade diversion," forthcoming in Kyklos.

Magee, Christopher, 2016, "Trade creation, trade diversion, and the general equilibrium effects of regional trade agreements: A study of the European Community — Turkey customs union," Review of World Economics, 152 (2), 383-399.

Doces, John, and Christopher Magee, 2015, "Trade and Democracy: A Factor Based Approach," International Interactions41(2): 407 - 425.

Doces, John, and Christopher Magee, 2015, "Reconsidering Regime Type and Growth: Lies, Dictatorships, and Statistics," International Studies Quarterly 59 (2), 223-237.

Massoud, T. and C. Magee, 2013, “Trade and Political, Economic, and Military Relations,” Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy 18 (1)

Magee, C., 2013, “Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of International Commercial Policy,” World Trade Review, volume 12, issue 1, 117-120.

Magee, C., 2012, “The Incumbent Spending Puzzle,” Social Science Quarterly 93 (4), 932 – 949.

Gawande, K. and C. Magee, 2012, “Free Riding and Protection for Sale,” International Studies Quarterly 56 (4), 735 – 747.

Magee, C., 2011, “Why are trade barriers so low?” Economic Affairs 31 (3), 12 – 17.

Schroffel, Jesse, and Christopher Magee, 2011, “Own-Race Bias among NBA Coaches,” Journal of Sports Economics, March .

Magee, C. and T. Massoud, 2011, “Openness and Internal Conflict,” Journal of Peace Research 48 (1), 59 – 72.

Magee, C., 2010, “Would NAFTA have been approved by the House of Representatives under President Bush? Presidents, Parties, and Trade Policy,” Review of International Economics, 18 (2), 382 – 395.

Magee, C., 2009, “Do Professors’ Opinions Affect Students? Forum for Social Economics 38 (2-3), 135 – 151.

Magee, C., 2008, “New Measures of Trade Creation and Trade Diversion,” Journal of International Economics 75, 340 – 362.

Magee, C., and S. Magee, 2008, “The United States is a Small Country in World Trade,” Review of International Economics16 (5), 990 – 1004.

Magee, C., 2007, “Influence, Elections, and the Value of a Vote in the U.S. House of Representatives,” Economics and Politics 19, 289 – 315. (Lead article)

Wolaver, A., and C. Magee, 2006, “The Effects of Political Action Committee Contributions on Medical Liability Legislation,” Topics in Economic Analysis & Policy 6 (1), article 21.

Magee, C. and A. Wolaver, 2005, “Policy Divergence in Races for the U.S. House of Representatives,” Social Science Quarterly 86 (3), 565 – 581.

Magee, C., C. Davidson, and S. Matusz, 2005, “Trade, Turnover, and Tithing,” Journal of International Economics, 66 (1), 157 – 176.

Beaulieu, E. and C. Magee, 2004, “Four Simple Tests of Campaign Contributions and Trade Policy Preferences,” Economics and Politics 16 (2): 163 – 187.

Magee, C., 2003, “Endogenous Preferential Trade Agreements: An Empirical Analysis,” Contributions to Economic Analysis & Policy 2 (1), article 15.

Magee, C., 2003, “Third Party Candidates and the 2000 Presidential Election,” Social Science Quarterly 84 (3): 574 – 595.

Magee, C., 2003, “Endogenous Tariffs and Trade Adjustment Assistance,” Journal of International Economics 60 (1): 203 – 222.

Magee, C., 2002, “Declining Industries and Persistent Tariff Protection,” Review of International Economics, 10 (4): 749 – 762.

Magee, C., 2002, “Endogenous Trade Policy and Lobby Formation: An Application to the Free-Rider Problem” Journal of International Economics, 57 (2): 449 – 471.

Magee, C., 2002, “Do political action committees give money to candidates for electoral or influence motives?” Public Choice 112: 373 – 399.

Magee, C., 2001, “Administered Protection for Workers: An Analysis of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program,” Journal of International Economics 53 (1): 105 – 125.

Baldwin, R. and C. Magee, 2000, “Is Trade Policy for Sale? Congressional Voting on Recent Trade Bills,” Public Choice 105: 79 – 101.
Winner of the Duncan Black Award for 2000 (best paper of the year in Public Choice)

Pirog-Good, M. and C. Magee, 1997, “High School Completion: The Influence of Schools, Families, and Adolescent Parenting,” Social Science Quarterly 78 (3): 710 – 724.


Magee, C. and S. Magee, 2010, “Endogenous Trade Protection: A Survey,” The Oxford Handbook of Business and Government, David Coen, Wyn Grant, and Graham Wilson, eds. (Oxford University Press: Oxford) 703 – 729.

Magee, C. and S. Magee, 2004, “The Madison Paradox and the Low Cost of Reducing Special Interest Legislation,” in Douglas Nelson, ed., The Political Economy of Policy Reform: Essays in Honor of J. Michael Finger, (Elsevier Press: Amsterdam), pp. 131 – 154.

Magee, C., 2004, “Industry and Factor Linkages between Lobby Groups,” in D. Mitra and A. Panagariya, eds., The Political Economy of Trade, Aid and Foreign Investment Policies, Elsevier Press, 2004, pp. 159 – 175.

Magee, C., C. Davidson, and S. Matusz, 2003, “Trade, Turnover, and Tithing,” Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy Research Paper 2003/38.

Magee, S. and C. Magee, 2003, “The Effects of Rent Seeking on Economic Development: An Increasing Divergence between Rich and Poor Countries?” S. Ramaswamy and J. Cason, eds., Development and Democracy (University Press of New England; Hanover, NH), pp. 123 – 145.

Magee, S. and C. Magee, 2002, “Rent Seeking and Development,” in Albert Tavidze, ed., Progress in Economic Research, Vol. II (Nova Science Publishers: New York).

Magee, C., 2001, “Campaign Contributions, Policy Decisions, and Election Outcomes: A Study of the Effects of Campaign Finance Reform,” Jerome Levy Economics Institute Public Policy Brief 64.

Baldwin, R. and C. Magee, 2000, Congressional Trade Votes: From NAFTA Approval to Fast-Track Defeat (Institute for International Economics: Washington D.C.).

Magee, C., et al., 2000, “Transition Economies: Policies and Prospects,” Bard Journal of Social Science 7 (5-6), 17 – 33, with students in Economics 214.

Magee, C., 1999, “Why Do Political Action Committees Give Money to Candidates? Campaign Contributions, Policy Choices, and Election Outcomes,” Jerome Levy Institute Working Paper #292.

Baldwin, R. and C. Magee, 1998, “Is Trade Policy for Sale? Congressional Voting on Recent Trade Bills,” NBER Working Paper # 6376.

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