Aaron Flaaen

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Aaron Flaaen

Graduate Student

  • Fields of Study
    • International Trade
      International Finance
      Macroeconomics
  • About

    Aaron Flaaen is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan with interests in international trade, multinational firm behavior, and macroeconomics. His research explores the impact of multinational firms on both source and host economies. Ongoing projects include examining the role of vertical linkages by multinationals in generating business cycle co-movement among advanced countries, comparing the characteristics of foreign affiliates with exporting and domestic-only firms, and measuring the domestic labor market effects of international expansions. All of these projects use innovative firm-level data from the Census Bureau, allowing for a more disaggregated analysis of the determinants and effects of multinational activity. Prior to beginning his graduate studies at the University of Michigan, he worked as a senior research assistant at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. While at Brookings, he co-authored several research papers on topics ranging from U.S. trade with China and India to the determinants of the 2008-09 financial crisis. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Mr. Flaaen received a B.S. in economics and international business from the University of South Carolina.