contact information
Department of Economics
Portland State University
P.O. Box. 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

Phone: 503.725.3944
Fax: 503.725.3945
Ph.D., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, June 2002
Fields: International Economics, Applied Econometrics, and Applied Game Theory
Dissertation: Three Essays on Firms' Foreign Direct Investment Decisions

M.S., Ohio University, Athens, OH, August 1996
Fields: International Economics
Masters Thesis: Reducing Carbon Emissions Through Taxation in Mexico: A Net Benefit Analysis

B.A., St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY, May 1995
Major: Economics
Honors Thesis: The Problems of Central Planning and Post-Communist Economic Reform in Bulgaria


Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University (2011 - present)
Vice Chair, Department of Economics, Portland State University (2011 – 2012)
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University (2008 – 2011)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University (2006 – 2008)
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, California State University Sacramento (2002 – 2008)
Instructor, Linfield College, Eugene Extension (1997 – 1998)

refereed publications
Oliveira, Andre R. and Rossitza B. Wooster. “Economic Sector Choices of Mexican Migrants to the U.S.: Evidence from the 2011 EMIF Border Survey,” Global Economy Journal, forthcoming.

Reyes, Javier A., Rossitza B. Wooster, and Stuart Shirrell. “Regional Trade Agreements and the Pattern of Trade: A Networks Approach,” The World Economy, Vol. 37 (August 2014), pp. 1128-1151.

Wooster, Rossitza B. and Joshua W. Lehner. "Reexamining the Border Tax Effect: A Case Study of Washington State," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 28 (October 2010), pp. 511-523.

Wooster, Rossitza B. and David S. Diebel. "Spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment in Developing Countries: A Meta Analysis," Review of Development Economics, Vol. 14 (August 2010), pp. 640–655.

Paul, Donna L. and Rossitza B. Wooster. "An Empirical Analysis of Motives for Offshore Outsourcing by U.S. Firms," International Trade Journal, Vol. 24 (July 2010), pp. 298-320.

Wooster, Rossitza B. "Foreign Direct Investment Patterns in Transition Economies: An Evolutionary Game-Theoretic Perspective of the 1990s," Journal of CENTRUM Cathedra, Vol. 2 (September 2009), pp. 79-89.

Ma, Alyson and Rossitza B. Wooster. "The Effects of U.S.-China Trade on Employment and Wages in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 27 (July 2009), pp. 335-348.

Wooster, Rossitza B., Smile Dube and Tepa M. Banda. "The Contribution of Intra-Regional and Extra-Regional Trade to Growth: Evidence from the European Union,” Journal of Economic Integration, Vol. 23 (March 2008), pp. 161-182.

Paul, Donna L. and Rossitza B. Wooster. "Strategic Investments by U.S. Firms in Transition Economies," Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 39 (March 2008), pp. 249-266.

Wooster, Rossitza B. "U.S. Companies in Transition Economies: Wealth Effects from Expansion between 1987 and 1999," Journal of International Business Studies, Vol. 37 (March 2006), pp. 179–195 (Lead Article).

Wooster, Rossitza B. and Craig A. Gallet. "Settling the Smoke: Public Policy and Shareholder Wealth in the Cigarette Industry," Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 23 (April 2005), pp. 211-223.

other research contributions
Wooster, Rossitza B. and Jacob Billings. “The Impact of Corruption on the Timing and Mode of Entry by U.S. Firms in China,” in Enzo Guillon and Lucas Chauvet (Eds.), Foreign Direct Investment: Policies, Economic Impacts and Global Perspectives. New York, NY: Nova Science, 2013.

Wooster, Rossitza B. “Balance of Goods and Services,” in Charles Wankel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. SAGE Publications, July 2009.

Wooster, Rossitza B. “The Leontief Paradox,” in Charles Wankel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Business in Today's World. SAGE Publications, July 2009.

Blonigen, Bruce A. and Rossitza B. Wooster. "CEO Turnover and Foreign Market Participation." National Bureau of Economic Research, Working Paper No. 9527, March 2003.

working papers and research in progress
Wooster, Rossitza B., Luisa Blanco, and W. Charles Sawyer. “Equity Commitment under Uncertainty: A Hierarchical Model of Real Option Entry Mode Choices,” under review. [Available at SSRN:]

Wooster, Rossitza B. and Donna L. Paul. “Leadership Positioning among U.S. Firms Investing in China,”under review. [Available at SSRN:]

Sawyer, W. Charles, Rossitza B. Wooster and Luisa Blanco “Does Experience Matter for Patterns of Expansion by U.S. Companies in Latin America and the Caribbean,” under review. [Available at SSRN:]

Wooster, Rossitza B., David Banis and Ayesha Khalid. “A Geographic View of Expansion Choices by US firms in China," under review. [Available at SSRN:]

Oliveira, Andre R., Rossitza B. Wooster and Michael Paruszkiewicz. “Occupational and Geographic Choices of Working Mexican-American Immigrants.” Available at SSRN:

Blanco, Luisa, Isabel Ruiz, W. Charles Sawyer and Rossitza B. Wooster (2013). "The Role Spatial Interdependence and Institutions for Sectoral FDI in Latin America," work in progress. Draft: November 2014.

grants and awards
Innovation in Research and Creative Work, Portland State University, 2013.
Trade-Related Research Assistance and Data Services Contract, Port of Portland, 2009-2010.
John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award, Portland State University, 2009.
Faculty Enhancement Award, Porland State University, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014.
Professional Travel Grant Award, Portland State University, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014.
Summer Research Award, California State University Sacramento, 2005.
Research and Creative Activity Award, California State University Sacramento, 2003.

conferences and seminars
Globalization and Regional Economic Development Conference, Gyeong Ju, South Korea: 2006.
Midwest Economics Association: 2006.
Midwest International Economics Group Meetings: 2000, 2003, 2005.
Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference (PNREC): 2014
Southern Economic Association Conference: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Southern Finance Association Conference: 2003.
Western Economic Association International Conference: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014.
Western Social Science Association: 2006.
WTO, China, and the Asian Economies IV: Economic Integration and Development, Beijing, China: 2006.

Seminar Presentations:
Portland State University, Economics, 2006, 2007, 2013.
Utah Valley University, Economics and Finance, 2013.
Portland State University, Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, 2012.
Portland State University, System Science Program (2011)
Texas Christian University, Economics (2010)
World Affairs Council of Oregon (2010)
University of Arkansas, Economics (2006)
Marquette University, Economics (2004)
NABE, Sacramento Economic Roundtable (2003)
Georgia Institute of Technology, Economics (2002)
Sonoma State University, Economics (2002)
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Economics (2002)
California State University Sacramento, Economics (2002)
University of Oregon, Economics (2000)

other professional activities
Journal Referee: Canadian Journal of Economics; China Economic Review; Comparative Economic Studies (2 times); Contemporary Economic Policy; Economic Inquiry (2 times); Emerging Markets Finance and Trade Journal; European Journal of Comparative Economics; International Trade Journal; Journal of Development Studies (3 times); Journal of Economic Integration; Journal of Economic Policy Reform; Journal of International Business Studies (3 times); Journal of International Economics (4 times); Review of Development Economics (2 times); Scottish Journal of Political Economy; Southern Economic Journal; Transnational Corporations Journal; World Development (2 times).

Reviewer: Prospectus review for "Econometrics" by William Greene and William Becker, Prentice Hall, 2010; "Econometrics" by Stephen Schmidt, 1st ed., McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Spring 2002; "International Economics" by Paul Krugman and Maurice Obstfeld, 7th ed., Addison-Wesley Publishing, December 2003; Program Selection Committee: Academy of International Business 2006 Annual Meeting, Beijing, China.

In the Media:
•Interviews: "Area Experts Greet Dow's 10,000 Mark with Ho-hum Reaction, Caution." Lodi News-Sentinel, December 12, 2003; "Hanging on Steel Prices." The Sacramento Bee, February 20, 2005; "China's Shopping Spree Returns Dollars to U.S." The Sacramento Bee, June 29, 2005.
Radio Show Guest: "The Impact of Outsourcing on California," Insight Radio Show, Capital Public Radio, August 3, 2004; "Is California the Fifth Largest Economy?" Insight Radio Show, Capital Public Radio, February 22, 2006.
Press Briefing Speaker: California Chamber of Commerce, Sacramento, CA, August 11, 2004

courses taught
Undergraduate Courses:
• Principles of Microeconomics (18 terms)
• Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (10 terms)
• Introduction to Econometrics (17 terms)
• Introduction to Mathematical Economics (8 terms)
• International Trade (11 terms)
• Fundamentals of Game Theory (2 terms).

Graduate Courses:
• International Trade (5 terms)
• Mathematical Economics (8 terms)
• Research Projects I (1 term)
• Research Projects II (1 term)

Portland State University: Department Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Development Committee, Chair, 2008 – 2011; Graduate Program Committee, Member, 2007 – 2009 and 2013 - present; FRBSF University Symposium, Student Teams Faculty Advisor (2006, 2009, 2010, 2014) and event organizer at Portland State University, 2006, 2009; Co-director and organizer of the Summer Academy to Inspire Learning at Portland State University, 2011 – present; Portland State University Faculty Grievance Panel, 2010-2011.

California State University Sacramento: Assessment Committee member, 2005 –2006; Curriculum Committee member, 2003 – 2006; Economics Department webmaster, 2003 –2006; Student Economics Club faculty advisor, 2003 – 2006; Fulbright Scholar faculty co-sponsor, 2003 - 2004; Graduate Director, 2005 – 2006; Graduate Program Committee member, 2002 – 2006; Undergraduate Program Advisor, 2003 - 2005; Undergraduate Advising Committee, Chair, 2004 - 2005; Graduate Coordinators Advisory Council, 2005 – 2006; Student Academic Development Committee, Chair, 2003 – 2005 (member, 2003 – 2006); U.S. Export Assistance Center, internship liaison, 2003 – 2005.

Curriculum Vitae PDF: Current as of January 2015

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