Rossitza Wooster

Professor of Economics
Portland State University
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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
Master's 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


Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University
(2017 - present)

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University
(2011 - 2017)

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)


Wooster, Rossitza B., David Banis and Ayesha Khalid. “A Geographic View of Expansion Choices by US firms in China," The International Trade Journal, Vol. 30 (February 2016), pp. 33-58.

Wooster, Rossitza B., Luisa Blanco, and W. Charles Sawyer. “Equity Commitment under Uncertainty: A Hierarchical Model of Real Option Entry Mode Choices,” International Business Review, Vol. 25 (February 2016), pp. 382-394.

Wooster, Rossitza B. and Donna L. Paul. “Leadership Positioning among U.S. Firms Investing in China,” International Business Review, Vol. 25 (February 2016), pp. 319-332.

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,” Global Economy Journal, Vol. 15 (March 2015), pp. 1-24.

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, Vol. 15 (March 2015), pp. 25-50.

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.


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.


Blanco, Luisa, Isabel Ruiz, W. Charles Sawyer and Rossitza B. Wooster. "Crime, Institutions and Sector Specific FDI in Latin America," under review. [Available at SSRN:].

Robertson, Emily Nicole and Rossitza B. Wooster. "Crowdfunding as a Social Movement: The Determinants of Success in Kickstarter Campaigns," 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:].

Chamberlain, Alex, Daniel Morris and Rossitza B. Wooster. "Determinants of Student Achievement in Oregon Elementary and Middle Schools." [Available at SSRN:].

Herman, Reid and Wooster, Rossitza B., An Empirical Analysis of Risk Factors in Aviation: Evidence from 1995-2016 NTSB Data (December 19, 2016). [Available at SSRN:]

Donohue, Kevin, David Banis and Rossitza B Wooster. "Mapping the Distribution of American Investment
in Latin America from 1980‐2005," work in progress.

Paul, Donna and Rossitza B. Wooster. "Likelihood and Outcomes of Acquisition of Foreign
Targets by U.S. Firms: An Awareness, Motivation and Capability Perspective," work in progress.


Outstanding Teacher of the Year, Department of Economics, College of Urban and Public Affairs, 2016-2017

John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award, Portland State University, 2009, 2015.

Faculty Enhancement Award, Porland State University, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2014.

Innovation in Research and Creative Work, Portland State University, 2013.

Trade-Related Research Assistance and Data Services Contract, Port of Portland, 2009-2010.

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.



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, 2015.

Southern Finance Association Conference: 2003.

Western Economic Association International Conference: 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 - 2011, 2013, 2014. 2016.

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)


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

Reviewer: "Intermediate Microeconomics" by Susan Skeath and Ann Velenchik, W. W. Norton, December 2015; 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:
• Panel Contributor: “Was the Trans-Pacific Partnership Bad for the U.S?", March 2017.
•Interviews: “Obama's Message on Trade Pact: Just Do It”, Portland Tribune, May 8th, 2015; "China's Shopping Spree Returns Dollars to U.S." The Sacramento Bee, June 29, 2005; "Hanging on Steel Prices." The Sacramento Bee, February 20, 2005; "Area Experts Greet Dow's 10,000 Mark with Ho-hum Reaction, Caution." Lodi News-Sentinel, December 12, 2003.
• 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


Undergraduate Courses:
• Principles of Microeconomics (17 terms)
• Intermediate Microeconomic Theory (18 terms)
• Intermediate Microeconomic Theory with Calculus (2 terms)
• Introduction to Econometrics (15 terms)
• Introduction to Mathematical Economics (9 terms)
• International Economic Issues (7 terms)
• International Trade Theory (3 terms)
• Fundamentals of Game Theory (2 terms).

Graduate Courses:
• International Trade Theory (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 Director, 2015 - present; 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; Portland State University Faculty Grievance Panel, 2010-2011; Promotion and Tenure Committee (Economics), 2015, 2017; Summer Academy to Inspire Learning at Portland State University (co-director and organizer at PSU), 2011 – present.

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.

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